I saw this blog post yesterday morning – Parents.com wants stories from Autism parents, because you know, what’s better to celebrate “Autism Awareness Month” than real life stories? I really enjoy reading “Love That Max” and have been following Ellen’s blog about her son Max, who loves purple (me too!), Cars 2, and has Cerebral Palsy, for several years. Her call for stories shares the idea of Autism Awesome-ness month, and I wanted to say outright that I have no problem with her post.
So I was thinking it’d be awesome to spread this around to the supurb parents/bloggers out there, who will tell honest, but not degrading stories about their kids. Basically, flood Parents.com with “my child is not a tragedy, s/he is amazing” and “I love my kid despite (and quite often because of) the difficulties, because they are so much more than just a list of symptoms. They are unique, wonderful human beings and I love them and will do whatever I can to help them grow and thrive” type of stories. Try to get them to outnumber the inevitable “my kid was stolen from me by the evil of vaccines. they are stuck in their world, and it sucks” that will probably come from this. Wouldn’t it be nice, if, for once, April was less about the “tragedy of autism” and more about the Autistic people themselves? Parents get nearly all the spotlight during the month, so let’s hear some parents’ voices that are kind, hopeful, loving, and accepting, and try to flood out the very loud and vocal negative ones.
So that’s where you come in. If you are a parent of an (awesome) kid on the spectrum, I encourage you to send in some of your more positive stories to parents.com. And if you like the idea and have a blog of your own, please spread the word and encourage other parents you know to participate! Let’s show the world (or at least, Parents.com), during Autism Awareness month, that Autism isn’t about tragedy. There’s lots of awesome there, too. And during this month that is dedicated to spreading awareness, let’s spread the awesome.
And be sure to check out the post written by OutrunningTheStorm this morning for her perspective as a parent about this as well.
Happy Friday, everyone!