My Post on Hopeful Parents – Autism Awareness AND Acceptance

by Diane Hunter on April 3, 2011

I write a monthly blog post for Hopeful Parents. Their website is dedicated to supporting families of special needs children. This month’s post I wrote about the meaning of the word autism in our world today and I ask, what does autism mean to you?

Here’s an except from my March 31st post. Please click here to read the entire post.

With statistics like 1 in 70 boys diagnosed with autism, if you don’t have a child with an autism diagnosis you likely know someone who does and have created a meaning for the word in your mind.

I invite you to sit for a moment and open up your awareness to what words, what feelings, what images come up for you when you think of the word autism.

Are they words and images that bring up feelings associated with fear, pain, suffering, anger, or guilt?

Have you noticed that as a society, we’ve been programmed to respond in fear and despair when a child is diagnosed with autism? I’m not saying those feelings are invalid in any way or that our children are not suffering. What I want you to consider is how you respond to the meaning behind a word.

With the start of Autism Awareness Month tomorrow I want to bring more awareness to the way we as a society think about autism and the feelings associated with the word. I want to invite more acceptance and understanding for our children and families living with the diagnosis every day. (Click here to read the entire post)

Here’s to a month filled with more awareness AND acceptance.

Please post a comment on the blog if you’d like to share what the word autism means to you.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Annie August 26, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I own a business providing weighted blankets and weighted vests to autistic children and adults. I am always impressed by the devotion of the parents as well as the OTs. Because I sell mostly weighted blankets for help with sleeping, I wrote a little prose that I print on the back of my brochure that I feel expresses God’s take on their hard work. It follows:

Lay down and sleep dear child.
Innocent who came into my life
And turned it up-side-down.
Your life is not easy,
nor will it be
…nor mine.
Yet ‘neath your blanket,
deep in dreams,
Do you somehow know
the unexpected honor
that you bring?
For greater challenge and blessing never was combined
Than the special soul you are
whose needs I strive to meet.
And God,
who entrusted you to me,
whispers in my ear:
“Thank You.
For blessed are they
who find the strength
To set aside their lives
and serve.”

Annie – Salt of the Earth Weighted Gear


gail ewell August 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm

FYI—-cool new app for android phone or tablet for verbally challenged students with ASD. My son likes it for “Quick talk”


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