Next month is April and all across the globe families everywhere will be supporting individuals with autism by showing awareness for the disorder. Each year to support autism awareness, we have CARD Spirit day. It’s a day for us to celebrate the CARD family and all the wonderful people that make what we do possible.
On Monday the 8th the Autism Live crew was joined by Glee actor Mark Christopher Lawrence, the author of Cowboy & Wills Monica Holloway, Wrong Planet founder Alex Plank, and the director of ACT Today! Nancy Alspaugh-Jackson, and from Onyx Salon Lorenzo the stylist came to help Shannon Shave her head as an act of compassion for a young dad with brain cancer.
Have you ever felt like you were alone and no one understood what you were going through? I have to be honest, in the first year after my son was diagnosed with Autism, I felt that way a great deal of the time. For me that feeling of isolation got better over time. I was lucky that some people reached out their hands and showed me that my family’s journey was a group marathon, not a solo sprint. Those helping hands made all the difference and I am forever grateful to them. But if I’m completely honest there are still days, 7 years after we first got that diagnosis, that I marvel at the sometime complete lack of compassion for what my son has gone through, and what so many other families dealing with Autism are going through. “Where is the compassion, where is the perspective taking from people who are supposedly neuro-typical??!!!” I sometimes rage. Those moments leave me feeling powerless and I’ve decided to do something about it.
It is now estimated that one in 110 children are diagnosed with autism. Despite this statistic, autism awareness is still relatively low within our communities. National Autism Awareness Month is a great opportunity to educate others about autism spectrum disorders. What will you do in honor of Nation Autism Awareness Month?