|Beautiful letter written by an autistic child|
As we move beyond this month let us all embrace what comes after awareness; acceptance, inclusion, respect and full lives for all of us regardless of our abilities or disabilities.
Just because someone is "different" doesn't mean they don’t need and deserve to be accepted with open arms by members of their community. We all look, act, learn and behave differently but we should all be treated equally and be afforded the same opportunities
I think May should be dubbed "National Inclusion Month". Inclusion is such important concept when talking about acceptance because true inclusion involves interacting with, communicating with, teaching, and accepting people. Not just because they’re different but because they’re the same. Did that just blow your mind? We are all human. There is no sane reason to exclude individuals with differences or their families. Don't we all deserve the same respect and to be included, despite any "differences"?
What I really, really want EVERYONE to remember is just because the calendar changes to May- doesn't mean that all persons with autism disappear for another year. Nope. Kids and adults alike with varying forms of autism are still working, living, learning, loving and existing EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE YEAR!
It is great to have an entire month dedicated to the cause, but autism will continue to affect the lives of families all year round.My challenge to you is to continue to advocate for awareness,education and ACCEPTANCE of ASD. The need for answers does not begin and end with the month of April.
So stay strong, keep advocating, and dammit- get a minute for yourself if you can Autie/Aspie parents caregivers and teachers! We need a little downtime on occasion too.
Don't forget, I am doing a giveaway on my Facebook page Red Vines and Red Wine- a GREAT book- How to talk to an Autistic Kid, written BY and autistic kid!! It is wonderful and awesome and I can't wait to find out who the winner is!