April is Autism Awareness Month, and what better way to understand autism than through your words? Blog posts can give readers a panoramic view of the experience since autism differs from person to person. We've created a roundup of posts on BlogHer and personal blogs in case you missed them the first time. They'll take you from hope to frustration and back again. They bring in all the members of the family and the community. And they provide a rallying cry to make this month about more than just awareness.
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Shannon Des Roches Rosa writes about hope, taking recent autism headlines and pointing out the facts behind the fears. Yes, 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with autism, but it's not that the autism rate is increasing. It's that we're getting better at identifying and diagnosing the problem. These are the points she wishes she could go back in time and tell herself right after her son's diagnosis. Hopefully, her post will instead help other parents keep a new diagnosis in perspective.Family
SingleMomtism writes about her non-autistic child, and how autism is a condition that affects the whole family. In this case, her non-autistic child's birthday falls on the same day as World Autism Day. Her mother points out,
Being the sibling of a special needs kid means you never get the lion's share of the attention in the house. Sometimes, depending on the circumstances, you may not get much attention at all because it needs to be focused elsewhere. So you eek out whatever time you can get, when you can get it.
It's a wonderful reminder that siblings of those with autism need the spotlight shined on them too, and their support cheered on by the community.Frustration
RandiBornBeautiful has a post about why she dislikes Autism Awareness Month; namely, because it isn't enough. She explains,
But in reality, I hate it. I hate that people believe that clicking 'share' on a photo makes a difference, without them making an effort to educate themselves on what autism is, how it affects people and what they can do to help.
I hate the fact that amongst the 'share this to raise awareness' posts, there is no definite initiative to raise funds to support vulnerable people who desperately need help.
Her post is a rallying cry to get the world to do more: to not do the surface acts that say so little in actuality, but to delve deep and give real hope and education to families grappling with autism.Discussion
Ashley - Stinkerbabies writes about telling her son about his autism diagnosis. The conversation creeped up on her when she least expected it, and she found herself at the cusp, wondering whether and how to tell her son about his autism.
It was happening. We had anticipated this moment for four years. When would we tell him about his autism? How would we tell him? We decided on the gradual method of slowly, bit by bit and inch by inch, laying down the groundwork.
This post is a must-read for anyone that needs to broach this topic with their child.Connection
Momnivore's Dilemma has a post to support the parents of a newly-diagnosed child. She gives a verbal hug, stating,
It’s an ugly, raw, and shitty place to be. You are in the sewers of parenthood, looking up at all your friends and relatives with their perfect lives and happy birthday parties and easy days, and you are all like: where the hell did we go wrong?
It's a peek behind the stress, a bonding moment for parents. The post's title ties in the idea of a marathon. This is a race you're going to be running for a long time, so get comfortable in those sneakers.
What great posts have you found (or written) about autism? They don't need to be from this month, but I would love to round-up a treasure trove of posts for the people to read who are trying to understand autism. Please leave links in the comment section below.
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