My 2024 hopes for the autism community

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To the parents awaiting services or evaluations for their autistic kiddo…I’m thinking of you.

To the mom, overwhelmed that health insurance went up again…you’re not alone.

To the autistic person, drained after masking for two full weeks of holidays…I know, I’ve been there too.

To the parent who’s stayed clear of social media because the holiday posts highlight everything their child can’t yet do…I’ve done the same exact thing.

To the dad who’s celebrating because, on her eighth Christmas, their daughter opened a present for the first time…I’m cheering with you and hope 2024 brings many more successes.

To the brother who’s wishing, again, that this year’s the year their sister can talk to them and play…I’m hoping with you, buddy.

To the person with autism hoping this year is the year they get a job…you got this! This is the year.

To the therapist or teacher working long hours to help our autistic children reach their full potential this year…you are integral in their success and their future—thank you.

The autism community is broad and we each have our hopes and our challenges for 2024. They all matter. We all matter.

So, my hope for your 2024, and mine, is that we work toward the unity this community desperately needs, showing awareness and practicing acceptance…

And for you to remember that you are not alone.

Happy New Year! 🎊🎈🎆

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    2024-01-28 at 4:13 PM

    My big hopes for 2024 (and the next years going forward) is that most people will finally start to open up to autism awareness and Autism Speaks after years of spreading the same misinformation over and over again.

    Example: imagine seeing a tweet on Twitter/X that says “the autism community was sure crazy back then”, the pic would be filled with outdated cringe memes on autism awareness and most tweets would be like “I know right?”, “Thank god Autism Speaks has doing the right things” instead of the usual “Red Instead” crap.

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