Perhaps because I live it everyday. There is NO need for awareness where I live. We are very aware.
I think most people are.
If you are not affected by autism personally, you likely know someone who is.
If you do not, you will. And based on the numbers, it won’t be long.
According to the Autism Speaks website autism affects 1 in 88 children, 1 in 54 boys.
From 2006 to 2012 there was a reported 78% increase.
If you’ve read this then you have just now been made aware of that fact.
So I pose the question: HOW IS THIS OK?
I feel like I should be out there on the front lines, shouting from mountain tops, advocating for all of these children and all of their families.
But I can’t. I need to advocate daily for my son, my family.
Sometimes it’s all I can do to just get through one day.
Some days every single interaction with him is a struggle.
Yet there are some days where I can’t believe my tremendous fortune that I’m his mother.
So while today I wear blue for my boy, it doesn’t change anything about our life.
If today brings awareness about this disorder then that is a very good thing.
If I can bring awareness about this disorder, then I have done a good thing.
I put it out there every year – please ask if you have any questions. I am more than willing to answer. I am more than happy to enlighten.
(Please remember that Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum is available today. And my contest to win a copy closes today!)