Happy Autism Awareness Day to every autistic person out there but also to their loved ones.
To the autistic child, who can’t talk but can communicate with PECS – way to go, buddy, I’m proud of you.
To the mother, overwhelmed by the amount of controversy in the autism community, follow your heart, try things out and see what works for your child.
To the little sister who’s sad because her autistic brother can’t have a conversation with her — he still loves you, believe me, he does, even if he can’t say it.
To the woman with Asperger’s who’s trying to find a job despite all the obstacles in her way, don’t give up. You got this!
To the autism advocate, who’s been abused, I’m sorry that happened to you.
To the dad who proudly talks about his son’s achievements even though they’re different from what he imagined – you’re amazing!
To the newly diagnosed autistic adult, who’s trying to make sense of it all — you don’t need to figure it all out right now. You survived childhood with an undiagnosed developmental disability that shows strength.
To the autistic boy being bullied at school because of his differences – I’m so sorry, I’ve been there. You may not see it right now, but the world is changing, and you have an army of people behind you who love you for who you are.
To the therapists who dedicate their lives to helping people with autism learn the most basic skills, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
My wish for Autism Awareness Month is that the fighting, shaming, and bullying in the autism community stops. There are so many of us with different struggles, abilities, and opinions. We all matter. Every single one of us. Light it up blue, red, rainbow, or taupe but remember to be kind.