Autism Awareness

2 Apr

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. 

It would be awesome if everyone took some time today to learn about Autism, what it means to have an Autism Spectrum Disorder and what it means for parents to have diagnosed children. If you take the time to read this blog everyday (and surprisingly a lot of you do!) then you probably have time to read about Autism instead.

Autism is a lot of things. Likewise, there are a lot of things that it isn’t. Don’t be discouraged by scary stories and or what you think it might be. Learn about it. There is no way you will make it through life without knowing someone whose life is shaped by Autism in one capacity or another. If you understand even the first thing about Autism, someone will appreciate it. If you withhold that “shut your kid up” look when someone’s 10-year-old is having a melt down in public. Or if you don’t look completely terrified when a friend say’s her child or grandchild may have an Autism disordered, it will be worth whatever time you take today to learn.

Start here:

Autism Society of America

Autism Speaks

And big props to all the awesome people in my life who have the nerve and patience to work with families effected by Autism. Zac, Lys, Mark, Shelsey…I’m sure I’m forgetting someone…you guys rock.

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4 Responses to “Autism Awareness”

  1. Zac April 2, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    Awe, shucks. Thanks hun, and you are absolutely right. It’s hard enough for the parents of these children to find some level of normalcy in their lives. A little understanding goes a long way.

  2. Shelsey April 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm #

    Hey Maggie!
    I’m soo happy you took the time to write this blog it means a lot to me. Many of my students have Autism and although some of their behaviors are a struggle I love them very dearly. I think many people are simply afraid of what they don’t know about. If more people took the time to understand what Autism is I think the world would be a better place. It is very sweet that you took the time to write this and that you care.
    Love ya
    Shels

  3. mom April 4, 2009 at 12:02 am #

    i too am impressed with the compassion zac, lys,mark and shelsey show with their willingness to take on the task of learning about and working with those who have been affected by autism. autism is one of those scary things that we just dont know enough about and taking the time to learn about autism is so important because your right, we never know when one of our own loved ones could be affected. keep up the great work you guys, you are making the difference in some very special peoples lives. you are good peoples!!!

  4. Lyssa April 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    Ok, so I know I am always a little behind on my posting, but I really enjoyed this blog 🙂

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