Autism Speaks – it is time to listen

Sorry I am late on my post today…..I wasn’t inspired yesterday. This morning I drove past an early learning center (pictured above) and saw the blue pinwheels that were mounted on the fence.  Inspiration = Autism Awareness!

One of our beloved granddaughters turned 18 this month (pictured above with her parents and siblings).  She is on the autism spectrum and was diagnosed at a fairly young age.  Her parents are amazing and have worked tirelessly to teach and support her. Her dad has a long history working in special education and her mom is trained in social work. 

We have seen her blossom through the years.  She is a delight to be around and always has a big smile for us.  Her behavior speaks to the time and effort our daughter and her husband have spent working with her and managing all the ups and downs that come along with autism.  Her siblings are great with her too and clearly love their sister!

I remember growing up and having kids in my class who didn’t ‘fit in’.  Some of them didn’t socialize with the other kids or had behaviors that made them ‘different’.  That was long before autism was recognized and diagnosed.  I can only imagine how difficult school was for them, their teachers, and their parents!

I think/hope we have come a long way since the 60’s!

We now know so much more about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Here is a link to a good ASD fact sheet from CDC. It is tough to estimate how prevalent ASD is – it is estimated that 1 in 54 children have been identified with ASD.  The numbers are probably higher.

April is World Autism Month.  But for people with ASD and their families, autism awareness is a daily, even minute to minute, event. 

I love this quote and our daughter and her family do this on steroids!

See you on Friday with more on COVID 19 – hint, it isn’t over yet!

Allene

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