Today is World Autism Awareness Day and kicks off a month of Autism Awareness. A number of events are happening around the world to bring awareness including the Light Up Blue campaign, which is a relatively easy one to do and not very expensive.
I have to admit that prior to our son being diagnosed with Autism in 2005 I only had a passing knowledge of what it is. Since then, as we have had to live with Autism, my knowledge has grown beyond ‘Rain Man’, which, unfortunately, has given a lot of people a false picture of what Autism really is.
Although our son’s Autism is not as severe as some, there are moments when it is really obvious and things can get frustrating. Probably the most frustrating aspect is that it is not a visible disability, so quite often if there is a public ‘incident’ then people will jump to the wrong conclusion and judge it as a behavioural issue. This can be hard, but we have found ways to deal with this that work for us. As he has grown older things have become easier and it is all about developing strategies. In spite of difficult times we wouldn’t change our son for the world – he is who he is and he brings us more moments of joy than frustration.
If you want to know more about Autism there is a lot of information out there broaden your knowledge with. Take time during this month of awareness to learn more about this invisible disability. Some places to start include:
EDIT: My son just wrote a short post on autism at his blog HERE. He’d love if you headed over there and gave him some encouragement.