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Wearing Blue for Autism April 2, 2011

Posted by hopeauthority in Autism.
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What better day to blog about autism than National Autism Day? And what better day to wear blue to show your support of those affected by this horrible epidemic?

My little man is nine. Just turned nine, in fact. And the whole family is wearing blue for him today. In fact, so is our facebook community of friends and family.

But we’re not stopping there. We’ve got blue Christmas lights hanging…no, these are newly hung.  (I may be late to take down the tree, but I’m not a redneck who keeps the Christmas lights on all year!)

We should all try to raise awareness this month since, sadly, its the only 15 minutes of fame we get each year. Let’s all make the most of it.

We feel blue all year.Let’s wear blue this month. Surround ourselves with it. Wear bracelets, get car magnets. Blue for all our little boys (and for our girls!).

I’ve been quiet in here, but I’m back. And I have amazing stories to share, so come back again.

Today is a new day.

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It’s Autism Awareness Month…Yip-pee! April 1, 2009

Posted by hopeauthority in Autism, Children, Health, Parenting, special needs.
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Well, its April again.

Already.

I don’t like April.

There’s April showers. April Fools Day (for people who actually have time for pranks and laughter). Allergies. Taxes. A big freakin school vacation to disrupt routines and invite regression and highlight social isolation. Oh, and there’s Autism Awareness Month, of course.

So the whole world will suddenly step up its efforts to be “aware” of autism … for thirty whole days. There will be lots of news articles and Jenny McCarthy sightings, talk shows, and some fundraisers… for thirty whole days.

Good-bye rollover minutes!  I will get copies of every article, plus tons of phone calls reminding me to watch every autism story from everyone who has ever so much as heard of my son having autism… from my Great Aunt Lizzie’s gardener’s nephew to my cousin John the hairdresser’s clients… for thirty days.

I swear, long before the May flowers sprout, I’ll have had my fill of the many “helpful” souls who just show up in April and pass along some autism “news” simply to make themselves feel better. I especially love the ones who tell me about how a special diet may help… Fabio’s only been religiously following one of the most restrictive diets ever made for the past four freakin years. Anyone who has spent more than three hours with my family would know that.  

In fact, there’s only one thing that feels longer than those thirty days in April …it’s the remaining 11 months of the year when the “awareness” fades away and nobody calls… or visits… or helps… or cares.

We don’t need Autism Awareness Month. Or Autism Awareness Day.

We need Autism Awareness Daily. Right Now.