Our journey with Autism has been a long one. Brady turns 5 on Thursday. He was first diagnosed on the spectrum at age 2. Before that, we had struggles with other conditions, hypotonia, motor coordination disorder and many more. We are thankful for the Autism community and all they have done for support, research and more.
To celebrate Autism Month this year, I’m not going to bombard with posts and to ask to donate and raise money, but instead to encourage people to take a moment and think. To try to see past the odd behaviors, the delays, the quirks, and accept these children and adults as normal human beings. It’s sad to me that my son has to go through his entire life getting stared at, having people belittle him and treat him differently. He’s an adorable, quirky and fun little boy. Autism is a part who he is, but it doesn’t define him.
Autism Speaks has many ways you can help celebrate and support Autism the entire month!
- Light Your House Up Blue
Purchase special Autism Speaks blue light bulbs from your local Home Depot, beginning March 1. Blue LED lanterns can be purchased at Coleman.com beginning March 15, and blue CFL bulbs from TCPI will be in most local Wal-Mart stores.
- Light Up Buildings and Landmarks
Purchase blue lighting filters from Rosco for existing exterior lighting fixtures. Perfect for restaurants, landmarks, and larger buildings.
Get Light It Up Blue merchandise in our store.
- Wear Blue to Work Day
Wear blue clothing and ask your co-workers to wear blue too. Consider asking your colleagues to donate $5 to Autism Speaks.
- Reach out to Elected Officials
Engage your local and state government on April 2nd by asking them proclaim April 2nd as Autism Awareness Day in your community. Sample proclamation is provided.
- Light It Up Blue Online
Help us raise awareness about autism by spreading the word via email, Facebook, Twitter, or your personal blog or website.
- Light It Up Blue on your smart phone
- World Autism Awareness Day Facebook page
These are just a few ways to support Autism but the main one is to find acceptance. That tantrum you see a kid throw in a store may be a kid on the spectrum who can’t handle the noise or lights. The kid you think is ignoring you and rude, may have issues looking at people in the eyes. The kids you think are “weird” are just kids. Kids. Kids who deserve respect and love too.
So take a moment tomorrow, and all month, to choose acceptance over ignorance.