Friday, April 01, 2011

When autism speaks to me

When autism speaks in my life, it doesn’t come through a single channel or through the filter of a single organization. Often, it doesn’t even use words.

When autism speaks in my life most powerfully, when autism speaks directly to my heart, autism speaks to me through Brooke, and Miss M, and GP, and Andrew, and Nik, and Ben, and Oliver, and Charlie, and John, and Sam, and Charlotte, and Isaac, and Rooster, and Foster, and Dev, and Rocco, and Fluffy, and Evan, and Boo, and TH, and Kyan, and Buddy Boy, and India, and N., and Leo, and Nat, and Megan, and RM, and Caleb, and Rhema, and Jesse, and Elizabeth, and Ray, and Jaysen, and Sweet M, and Christopher, and Connor, and Keegan, and Katie, and Kate, and Ian, and Brian, and Brandon, and Adam, and three Jacks, and two Henrys, and so, so many others, who have touched my life in indelible ways.

When autism speaks in my life, it speaks to me through Bud.

That’s why I love this video from Rethinking Autism.

It’s also why I’m lighting it up blue tomorrow for World Autism Awareness Day.

To me, their goals are not mutually exclusive.

And to quote my friend Jess (again), "Awareness is not the goal, but the means by which we will achieve it."

Happy Autism Awareness Month, friends. Thank you for bringing your children into my life. Thank you for helping them speak to me.


Alysia said...

that was beautiful. all those names... thank you for being in my life.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful. Thank you, my friend.

Kim said...

Love this.

Anonymous said...

me, too. forever touched, changed, by these amazing children.
thank you.

Boy Wonder's Mom said...

simply beautiful. like our kids.


Niksmom said...

Nik can't wait to get the chance to meet you. He's a kisser, too! ;-)

On a more serious note, I don't know that I would be where I am today (writing, fighting for my child, advocating for others) if it weren't for the way you and your son spoke to my heart all those years ago. Love you. Lots.

Stimey said...

This is perfect.

cheairs said...

Beautiful post...just beautiful

Anonymous said...

Well said. Thank you for sharing.

Ami said...

Because you share... Because those other parents share... *I* am more aware.

And kids like Gabe and Mark come to me in my work, and I care deeply for them and about them.

Because I have more understanding of how much they accomplish every single day in just living that NT kids take for granted.

So I appreciate the sharing that so many of you have done.

And while I may work with only 20 kids or so who have autism in the future... my life will be better for it and I can promise you, theirs will be, too.

SaraG said...

You're wonderful.

Dana Commandatore said...

Thanks so much for posting the video! Happy World Autism Day to all of you.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your heartspoken words! I am glad to come across your blog- I hope it's okay, I've added you to my blogroll
hugs - Daleth

KAL said...

I will never forget the day I discovered your voice and Bud's. Love to you both. xo

jess said...

yes, yes, yes.

BoosMom said... many names, so much potential to change the world!