April is Autism Awareness month.
I could quote you all sorts of statistics, like how 1 in 110 kids born are affected by autism or that 1 in 70 boys are, but I’ll leave all the real statistics to Autism Speaks.
Quite frankly, the statistics are astounding.
Instead, what I’d like to say is that although autism isn’t a word any parent wants to hear, the biggest key to success in an autistic child’s life is awareness.
Autism doesn’t need to be negative, it doesn’t need to be sad, but it does need to be addressed.
And the sooner it is addressed in a child’s life, the sooner progress can be made.
Will was diagnosed with autism when he was 2 years old. I had some real moments of denial, but it never once stopped me from making sure that Will had the services that I knew he needed.
I won’t lie, it’s been a long road, but I have finally come to a place where his diagnosis doesn’t matter to me anymore. He is the happiest child I have ever known and that is all I see.
Will’s world is a beautiful place and I honestly wish some days I could see it through his eyes instead of mine.
I hope there will come a day where autism isn’t viewed so negatively and the key to that is awareness. Autism Speaks is an organization that gives a voice to the cause and this month, through them, we are Lighting it up Blue for Autism. I have bought blue light bulbs and on April 1st and 2nd, my home will be lit up blue.
Won’t you do it too? For Will and for every child you know that is on the spectrum and for all of the ones who might be…
And, if you’re really inspired, please donate.
Your donations to our page on Light it Up Blue are tax deductible and go towards awareness through Autism Speaks.
Now, go on out and buy some bulbs and light it up blue! 🙂