Are You Autism Aware?Lisa Quinones-Fontanez
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. April is Autism Awareness Month. Five years ago, we were going through the evaluation process – I had no idea what autism was, let alone know that it had a whole month of awareness. Maybe if I had been more aware, I would have gotten Norrin evaluated sooner. I think that’s why, I am so passionate about sharing our family experience so publicly. I want people to be aware.
Autism Awareness Month is not for autism parents. For us, Autism Awareness is every day. This month is for everyone else. For parents of typical kids, grandparents, friends, coworkers, teachers, social workers, police officers, employers, store clerks etc. This is the month, we want people to not only be aware but to understand and accept.
So today – I’m sharing ten posts that I hope will give you a better understanding of autism. If you don’t know what autism is, if you don’t know what’s okay to ask, if you’ve never met a kid with autism or if you think having a child with autism, is something to be sorry about – then please take the time to click through through the photos.
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day 1 of 11Click through for posts that will educate and inspire
Let’s start with the basics 2 of 11From ABA to IEP to a few others in between - this post explains the essential terms everyone should know.
10 Common Autism Terms That You Should Know
Go ahead and ask 3 of 11It's okay to ask questions. Here are a few to get you started.
10 Questions You Shouldn't be Afraid to ask an Autism Parent
Never met a kid with autism before? 4 of 11This post celebrates some pretty special kids. Kids with autism are so much more than their diagnosis.
Autistic Kids are Amazing. Autistic Kids Should be Understood.
Autism Through the Years 5 of 11The year I was born, every 1 in 5000 was diagnosed with autism. Things have changed over the years.
1 in 50 School-age Kids have an Autism Diagnosis. What does it mean?
You shouldn’t feel sorry for my son. Or for us. 6 of 115 reasons why you don't have to be sorry my kid has autism.
My Son Has Autism. There's no need to say I'm Sorry.
Where does my son fall on the spectrum? 7 of 11Autism is supposed to be a spectrum, most days it feels like a see-saw. What it's like raising a kid in the middle of the spectrum.
Autism in the Middle
Special Needs Kids are Consumers 8 of 11The only way our kids will know how to navigate our world, is if they venture out in it. Please welcome them.
Special Needs Kids are Consumers and They Have the Right to Shop Where They Please
Milestones and Moments 9 of 11Having a child with autism, truly makes me value all those little moments. From a point of a finger to a first kiss, there's no such thing as a small accomplishment.
10 Milestones and Moments Worth Celebrating when you're an Autism Parent
I’m not waiting or praying… 10 of 11I believe autism will always be a part of who my son is.
I'm Not Waiting for My Son to Grow out of Autism
The Freedom to Run 11 of 11I want Norrin to be independent but letting go can be hard. I cannot allow autism to get in Norrin's way of experiencing new things.
The Freedom to Run
I have TONS to share for Autism Awareness month – from parents, siblings, dads and more. Stay tuned!
Read more of Lisa’s writing at AutismWonderland.