Autism Awareness Day #1

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Guess what time it is? Yes … it’s here again … it’s April and April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance month.  So let the blogging begin.

For those of you who don’t know, for the last few years I have written a blog each day in the month of April to celebrate Autism. In particular I celebrate the three men in my life with Autism, my family members with Autism, and the many beautiful individuals I work and play with who have Autism.  I also acknowledge the parents, grandparents, carers, teachers, therapists, friends and family who walk the Autism road with our families, giving much needed support and unconditional love to them.  It makes such a difference to feel a part of a community of care for our children and it’s so important to have this circle of support around our children and our families.  It really does take a village!

The boys have developed an awareness of Autism in the last 12 months. This has resulted in a great deal of quizzing of others about whether or not they may have Autism.  Obviously, there are many funny stories in and amongst this but I’ll save them for later.  What I am most proud of is that they embrace the awesomeness of Autism.  They see Autism as a superpower and they see all the gifts that come with having such a marvellous operating system.  James is quite adept at identifying others with Autism.  He is equally adept at identifying the gifts those individuals have that are a part of having Autism superpowers … like having a great memory for facts, or having a really keen sense of hearing and smell, or having a great ability to really focus on things that interest that person.

I know that some days when you’re on this bumpy old Autism road it’s really hard to see the positives of this condition … and some families certainly do it tougher than others … but truly Autism has so many wonderful things to bring to the table. I’m delighted that my boys can see the awesomeness of Autism and that they can view it as a gift.  I hope that this feeling remains with them as they grow into men.

As I have IEP (Individual Education Plan) meetings for both boys this morning, I’d best head off and complete my preparations. More to follow tomorrow.  Take care x

“Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. People with ASD have problems with social and communication skills. Many people with ASD also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations. It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In most cases its causes are unknown. Today, 1 in 110 individuals is diagnosed with autism.” http://www.autismawareness.com.au/

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