There is still a long way to go until there is true Autism Understanding and Acceptance.
Autism does not need eliminated in order for those who are on the Autism Spectrum to be happy, successful, or considered “complete” in some way.
They need others to realize that there is no need to see them with pity, fear, or confusion. They need others to see what they personally bring to the world and let them shine in their own ways.
They often need to work hard at things that those not on the spectrum take for granted and do not even have to think about. Do we need some special programs available for those on the spectrum? Most definitely! Do we need to be wary of those on the spectrum or their families? Most definitely NOT!
As we travel through this month of awareness, my plan is to assist others in understanding, acceptance, and learning about the many benefits of being a friend and/or family member of someone on the Autism Spectrum.
No… it is not all roses, but I would NEVER want to trade my son who is on the Autism Spectrum for anyone else!
* This was originally written and posted on a previous blog by me on March 31, 2013.