Earlier this week, I read a post promoting a flash blog meant to raise awareness of and challenge attitudes towards autistic people. Initiated by autistic blogger, Alyssa of “Yes, That Too” after the pro-autistic Facebook page Âû (Autistic Union) shared disturbing Google search auto options for Autistic People are and Autistic People should. The carnival welcomes bloggers to share their stories of Autistic People are and Autistic People should ”[to change] search strings and the search results by way of putting good things out there.”
The post led me to search Autistic Kids Are and Autistic Kids Should and the results were equally disturbing.
Granted, they are not all horrible but it’s still terrifying, heartbreaking, unthinkable. And if I were a mom new to the autism diagnosis and I found this, I’d feel even more scared and alone.
It’s been almost five years since my son Norrin’s autism diagnosis. I’ve met enough autistic children and adults to know that they are stigmatized by people and children who do not understand.
It is time for everyone to understand. 1 in 88 kids are diagnosed with autism. 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism is the “fastest growing developmental disability.” April may be Autism Awareness month but for me, for parents of autistic kids and for autistic adults – Autism Awareness is every single day. So I asked some autism parents to share a little something positive about their kids.
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Would love your thoughts! Fill in the blanks (in the comments) about your kids.
Autistic kids are _________.
Autistic kids should _________.
Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.