Autism File Magazine is running a campaign featuring strong, beautiful women also known as Autism Mothers. Here's a group from California, including Autism One's Teri Arranga. Eat your heart out Dove soap with the women in their undies. We are Autism Moms! Click
HERE to see a video (in .wmv format) from the California Moms.
To join the campaign, send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christina Adams: "I wish we had thought of this campaign years ago. Moms like us were just trying to survive and hoping government would help solve the problems. Now we know it's all up to us."
Deborah Portnoy: "I am excited about supporting this campaign that will encourage other moms that they are not alone, that they can make positive changes for their children and others, and that they can have the strength and support to move forward for another day! Keep fighting, keep trying. Know that it takes a village and that we're all here for one another."
Kristin Selby Gonzalez: "Mothers can do this! How many of us remember getting the diagnosis of our child and feeling all alone and not wanting to get out of bed? Some of you have completely recovered your children, while others of us are still directly on the frontlines fighting every day to bring our children back. We as women and moms of our special children are here to encourage those moms who we once were. Other mothers way before us laid the groundwork for all to follow, that is why our children are getting better."
Christy Crider: "I truly feel that this campaign really will hit a nerve with moms and dads and parents, in general, all across America! After spending the last 8 years in this journey, I have learned through so many heartbreaking stories and experiences of my own that in order to really make things happen, many times, you must be fierce and brave and cannot take "no" for an answer. We are fighting for our children’s lives. Remember that, as a parent, you know your child better than anyone! We must not be pushed aside and told to wait in the wings while a generation of children are silenced. Our children do not have the time for that any longer. The time is now!
Teri Arranga: "Our children need help now, not 20 or 30 years from now. Mothers and fathers have educated themselves in all things science and other areas, as well, becoming virtual doctors, nurses, nutritionists, sensory integration therapists, speech therapists, teachers, lawyers, and much more. The obstructionism of government and mainstream medicine has forced parents to become all of these things. This is a highly educated group of parents, motivated not by money but by love. We are experts on our own children to be respected and listened to. I was proud to share this day with inspirational California mothers who are representative of moms and dads worldwide."
Photography by Myra Vides