National Day of Whatever You Want It to Be
Recent months for us have been very full, very busy, and have gone by very quickly. With that, around the 22nd of March I said to myself, Didn’t this month just start? It can’t be coming to an end already. When I realized just how quickly time was flying by, I had another realization: April is just around the corner. That means April 2nd is coming up also.
On some calendars, April 2nd means it’s World Autism Day. Some people will take today – and even all month long, to celebrate autism. They’ll laud it, but I prefer not to celebrate my son’s disability. I won’t celebrate any disability for that matter. I’ll promote appropriate treatment for autism and being able to access it. But I won’t ask for anyone to cheer for something that’s had devastating effects on my child’s health.
I certainly won’t ask anyone to revel in the fact that the CDC’s new autism rate increased yet again. Called an all-time high and categorized as trending upward, news reports shared the 1 in 36 autism rate last week.
1 in 36!
Do we write praise reports when cancer strikes? Or would we ask the entire nation to celebrate an increase in cancer rates. No! So why expect that for a diagnosis that can have similar effects on families?
What can we do instead?
For starters, ignore the requests to celebrate the day. Call today something else (Today is Sunday, so refer to it simply as that.). Do something else today that has nothing to do what these national calendars are encouraging people to do. Or pick another national day to talk about. The April 2nd date also shows that today is International Children’s Book Day.
National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is listed, too.
Whoever gets the pick the theme of the day must have a fun spirit about them because it’s also National Love Your Produce Manager Day.
If none of those catch your fancy, fear not.
It’s National Ferret Day, and it’s Geologists’ Day as well.
Who knew that April 2nd had so many other things to showcase! Of course, no one is forcing anyone to really celebrate anything today. But if you want to pick one of those other things to dwell on today, be my guest, especially if the blue washing or if the celebrating a diagnosis is just not something you would ever do.
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.
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1 in 36 is not the real number. It is the number for children of age 8 and above. This number is the closest to reality that the CDC is willing to admit to. Last I heard it was 1 in 18-20 boys, not 1 in 24 but at least the CDC is making some kind of progress>>>
Posted by: Shell | April 02, 2023 at 04:30 PM
1 in 36 seems like a massive undercount. Probably 5 in 7 at this point. Many ASD victims (mainly from the 2000's now) are teenagers or adults and ASD supports and their quality/effectiveness age like milk, not wine. ASAN probably won't acknowledge seriously affected ASD victims who are unable to attend any school outside the home/must be homeschooled, way before the pandemic began at least. Or those with painful sensory issues/unable to tolerate smells or loud sounds/G.I. and #1/#2 issues, guess it's just "neurodiversity" to be celebrated in Darwinist/Evolutionist prison camps known as schools. Then comes the 15-minute-cities/"community living" autism cities...
Posted by: Anonymous | April 02, 2023 at 04:12 PM
Happy Ferret Day Cath xo
Posted by: Joanna McGowan | April 02, 2023 at 02:43 PM
I hate April!! Great post.
Posted by: 4Bobby | April 02, 2023 at 10:42 AM
Cathy-I agree that 1 in 36 people with autism is not to be celebrated, but to be remembered as the true tragedy that it really is. For people like us with autism members in our families it is a very sad day and a reminder of how our family members have been ignored and forgotten about for all these years. We need awareness of the importance of small pharmaceutical companies and researchers to fund clinical trials into the causes and cures for the devastating autism diagnosis now affecting so many millions of families around the world. They are the ones who we should be honoring in their continued effort to help finally discover the medications that will cure our children and save them from a life of the autism condition. We need this research NOW!
Posted by: Gayle | April 02, 2023 at 10:00 AM