Managing Editor's Note: You know, this "Autism Awareness Month" is getting so easy! All we have to do is run previous years' posts since NOTHING changes! Well, almost nothing. The numbers keep rising so we have even MORE autism to be aware of this year than last! A is for AUSOME!!!! I still say - I will commemorate autism - I can't celebrate it. I'll celebrate my kids forever. Their life threatening diagnosis? Nope. This post ran last April 1, 2013.
By Kim Stagliano
Join me in commemorating autism action month. Let's look at other diagnoses and their fund raising efforts: Walk to End Alzheimers. Race for the Cure. Knock Out Muscular Dystrophy. What are we "allowed" in the autism community? "Light it Up Blue!" "Shine a light on autism!" We deserve more.
We face numbers that are rising with seemingly no concern or alarm in the medical, government or mainstream media communities. Prevention? Taboo. Treatment? Reviled. Recovery? Impossible! Insurance coverage? Too expensive! Housing and employment? Crickets.
Meanwhile, kids are aging out into adulthood. My oldest is 18. Families are going broke. And we are simply told to recognize or celebrate the difference?
Today, April 1, and every day I honor my beautiful children: Bella, Gianna and Mia (L to R in photo) - I remember their struggles, their difficulties, and how hard they work to make it through a day in a world that seems content to simply "acknowledge them" and offer them a special seat in a movie theatre or a fast line at Disney, as if accommodations are the answer. I want more for them.
Commemorate someone you love with autism in the comments.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.