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.