Today, someone left the nicest comment on my blog: « […] Your beautiful words about your son made me realize that there is more to my son than just his diagnosis. For that, I am forever grateful. Your blog drew me out of what felt like my darkest moments. Thank you for that. »
Let’s support each other with a hashtag!
I’m so happy I was able to help someone while sharing my son’s journey. This is one of the reasons why I won’t stop writing. Parents are often clueless after their child’s diagnosis. For the most part, they get sent home with a « Parent’s Guide to Autism » pamphlet and a recommendation to start some form of therapy. What do parents do when they get home? They use Google to search the internet. Caregivers want to connect with parents who are in a similar situation and find out what they’re in for. Moms and dads want to know they’re not alone in this journey.
After the fiasco from two days ago that you can read here, I started my own hashtag. Yes, I’m cool like that. ? If you’re an adult with autism, if one of your loved ones is autistic, if you’re high-functioning or not, or if your sister is non-verbal – If autism is part of your life in one way or another, use the hashtag #AutismActually. I know for a fact that a lot of autistic people find the #actuallyautistic movement disrespectful as it pushes the political correctness of things a bit too far. There should be an autism related hashtag for people looking for support, love, information, and acceptance. Here it is. #AutismActually