Posted in Asperger's, autism, writing

Awareness Gains Acceptance

April is Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism is well beyond just awareness.  Awareness means we know autistic people exist.  With facts such as:

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

how could we not know autistic people exist?

To move forward with a better understanding of autistic people, we need to move beyond just having an awareness of autism and gain an acceptance.

As a sister of a 33-year-old autistic woman  and the mother of a 12-year-old daughter with Asperger’s, I’ve experienced many years of advocating for both of them.  I’ve witnessed both overcome great odds, especially my sister.

My sister is a hot ticket and is fun to be around.  She is always coming out with something randomly funny and is just a joy.

My daughter is full of imagination and facts.  Everyday is a new experience with her.  You never know what you’re going to learn from one day to the next.

Although it would be great if autism didn’t exist at all, I think accepting that it does is the first step to making the world a much better and understanding place.

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I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!

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