It’s that day again where for the last decade we have been urged to “light it up blue” and don something blue for Autism Awareness Day.
But does that mean we understand Autism? That would be true for myself until I became of father of an autistic child. I’m very grateful for all my boys but all too often I’m confronted with a lot of ignorant people who are very insensitive to children and even adults who suffer from behavioral disabilities.
If we are to be aware of autism we must first understand it. I urge you to invite someone with autism into your group. Get to know them. Come to understand that everyone sees the world differently.
And don’t make generalizations about those who have it. They are all different “if you met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism” Stephen Shore
When Liam got diagnosed with autism when question was asked. Specifically my mother asked it of my wife. “Do you think Bill has Autism?”. The answer is … I don’t know and I don’t intend on finding out. Despite my idiosyncrasies, obsessive behavior, and my social awkwardness I still found a way to”make it” I learned to complete the puzzle. Just like my son will. Just like everyone is forced to eventually. Only difference is that everyones “pieces” are shaped differently.