Autism Awareness Is More Than a Month
With the end of Autism Awareness month, I want to encourage everyone to continue to think about, support and encourage those individuals who have autism. Autism is about more than a month, it’s about a lifetime. If you or your child has autism it is something that you were born with. Despite what some might believe, you can’t catch autism from another individual or acquire it from immunizations or substances found in foods. Autism is a blessing and I don’t know about you, but my God doesn’t make mistakes. We all must learn more about autism and be more accepting of those characteristics that coalesce to create the spectrum. Everyone is different but because we cannot readily see and understand the differences that make up autism, we fear it. We fear it in ourselves, we fear it in our children and we fear it in our society. Move beyond the fear and celebrate what makes autism unique and powerful. When we can come to understand that everyone in this world has characteristics of the Autism Spectrum maybe we will reclassify it as a variant of normal. Those individuals diagnosed with autism have tremendous strengths but in exchange for those exceptional abilities they may have significant challenges to overcome. Never forget that you have a choice; you can either be crippled by your challenges or empowered by your strengths.
Choose to be Empowered!