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#blogExodus — The Courage to Stand Up

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Today is the first day of Autism Awareness Month.
Tomorrow is World Autism Awareness Day.

There are some in the autism community who would respond for me, EVERY day is autism awareness day. And while that is a true statement, it does nothing to help others understand what autism is and how it profoundly affects our communities.

According to the latest information coming from the Center for Disease Control, one out of eighty-eight children have been identified as being somewhere on the autism spectrum. You know what that means? It means that, statistically speaking, you know a child on the spectrum.

These kids are in our neighbourhoods, our schools, our synagogues, our camps, and our families. They are our kids.

Please take a few minutes this month to learn the facts about autism. How you can create inclusive communities. And seek out ways to help parents and families who are living with a loved one on the spectrum.

Wear blue tomorrow, Monday, 2 April, and explain to anyone who asks that you are wearing blue in support of those who have autism.

Support Beernut, or someone else you know, who is participating in a local Walk Now for Autism Speaks event.

And when you hear numbers like 1 in 88, try putting a face to the number. While to the statisticians, he’s just a number, to me, that number is my son.

Oh… and to the lady who just questioned PC’s parenting skills in a store this morning, some autism education would do you some good.

This post is part of a larger project, coordinated by The Ima, in preparation for Festival of Redemption, Passover. Feel free to head over to her place and thank her for dreaming up such a creative way for us to understand the themes of Passover in our own lives.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Brianna Soloski permalink
    Friday, 6 April 2012 10:22 pm

    I spent some time with a young man with autism just this week. It served two purposes – to remind me I am not cut out for special needs and to remind that they are just like us. All we can do is continue to educate people and ensure that they know what is really going on in the world of kids and adults with special needs of any kind.

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