By Heidi Brewton
My wish for the New Year:
I never have been a person to write Christmas letters telling what my family did this year. I have decided, however, to ask that you help me make my New Years Wish for 2010 come true. You see, it will take many people changing their mindset for this to happen.
There are many theories about Autism-what causes it, how it is viewed, how best to treat it, and so on. No one, including myself, has these answers. What I know for sure, though, is that Autism is a disability, and a disability, and having a disability makes you different form the rest of society. I have found, when looking back over my life, that I have learned the most from the people who were the least like me. So far, the people who top that list are the people I know with disabilities. They, as well as their parents, are faced with fighting for things that the rest of society takes for granted. Attending their home school right down the street, receiving a free and appropriate education-these are things that are not taken for granted and are not a given.
For example, most people do not want a child in a Sunday school class who “stims” or is too loud. The Sunday school teachers fee l(and other parents feel) that will distract the other children. I have found that when you explain to young children ways to help a child with a disability, they are often very interested in doing so. It is usually the adults who do not want to disrupt their quiet predictable hour. However, learning to help others and tolerate differences is a very Christian attitude. So it seems doubly sad that many people with a child with disabilities do not feel welcome in church.
Heidi Brewton is a mom to an amazing boy who has autism. And also has 2 other incredible kids! She is married and works part time for a not for profit autism organization.
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