April 2nd is officially World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day. I find it interesting that it landed on a day where I am feeling truly defeated by autism. A day where I question how much I can celebrate the beauty of autism. A day where I just want to crawl into bed and hide from all that comes with having a child with autism. How do I honor this day when I woke up by being attacked by my 8 yo daughter with autism for who knows what reason? How do I honor this day when there are severe bruising on my daughter’s arm from her biting herself? How do I honor this day when there is a little sister who feels she has to play the role of big sister at the age of 6? How do I honor this day when this little sister has her own sensory issues that make it so she literally can’t handle living in the same house as her sister with autism because of her noises? How do I honor this day when this little sister sometimes is deathly afraid to be next to her big sister? How do I honor this day of awareness and acceptance?
But maybe that is exactly why we need such a day. Sure, by now everyone has heard of autism. When the relevance is 1 of 44, there is no way you haven’t heard of it. 1 of 44! That statistic is INSANE! Do you really know autism thought? Do you really know how big of a spectrum it is? Do you really know the ups and downs a child with autism goes through in one day? Do you really understand how autism impacts a whole family? Do you know there is so much to be learn by those who have autism? You may be aware of autism but are you accepting of autism?
So let me ask you this in honor of this day and month. What do you not know yet about Autism? What would you like to know more about? How can I make you not only be aware of autism but accepting of autism?
In the mean time…know that though today was a hard day, I will still end this day loving my family to pieces and not trading any of it for the world.
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