It’s that time of year again – time to get the blue light bulbs out of storage 😉
My son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3. He could not communicate verbally and had sensory, social and behavioural issues which made the world a very difficult place to negotiate. He retreated into a world of obsessive behaviours to cope with the confusion.
He is now 13 and is doing well in a mainstream school in Australia (thanks in part to intensive early intervention at the AEIOU in Brisbane when he was four).
He likes school, has some friends, communicates well and does above average academically. He still has ‘issues’ but we take each day as it comes.
If the general public has a good understanding of the autism spectrum than life will be that much easier for my son.
My son does not suffer from autism.
He has autism and can suffer from the lack of understanding from other people.
Autism can be described as a diffability, not a disability.
Differently abled – but still able!
vive la différence
Which brings me to the Everyday Hero Australia: Light it Up Blue World Autism Awareness Day which is just around the corner (2nd April). Here is an excerpt from the website.
”Light it up blue’ is a global campaign that sees thousands of iconic landmarks, cities and towns around the world turn blue on April 2 to recognise World Autism Awareness Day. The campaign highlights the pressing need for greater public education and awareness of autism in our community.
… in 2014 we’d like to see all of Australia go blue on April 2!’
So let’s go Blue on April 2 😊