Autism Awareness Month

This is late in coming, but I’ve had some trouble finding my inner-blog for a while and I still wanted to get the word out there…even though it is the end of April!  But I hope y’all will appreciate my feeble attempt to share what is a big part of our lives with you! 

Fourteen years ago, our lives changed forever…we became parents to the most beautiful baby boy ever born.  Five years after that, our world was rocked in a way I will never be able to adequately describe here.  We have been blessed beyond measure and experienced the depths of sorrow.  We have celebrated victories and walked through challenges.  We have cried, but more often we have laughed.

In April of 2000, our son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism.

April is Autism Awareness Month

So, what, exactly, do I want you to be aware of?  What do I want you to know about my son and others like him?

  • 1 in 150 births are affected—this makes autism more common than pediatric cancer, juvenile diabetes and AIDS combined.
  • 1 – 1.5 million Americans are living with autism
  • autism is the fastest growing developmental disability
  • every 20 minutes, a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
  • autism is disproportionately more common in boys than in girls
  • the cause, though often speculated about, is unknown and there is no cure

People with autism experience challenges in three primary areas—social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviors.  These challenges vary in severity from mild to debilitating.  There is a huge amount of information on the web now about Autism, PDD, and Asperger’s Syndrome.

What I want people to remember most of all is that people with autism are people.  People who want to be loved, understood and accepted.  People who have gifts and talents to offer the world. 

This is a video I made last year for Autism Awareness Month…thought I’d share it here again.




Filed under Autism Days

2 responses to “Autism Awareness Month

  1. Faithfulmom

    Joell, thank you for sharing it and all year is important for awareness so I am posting it on my facebook. It is a beautiful video. I love Chris Rice but never heard this song. I must download that as well. I think I have told you my oldest daughter has all the characteristics of Asperger\’s but they only diagnose her with Social Phobia and Anxiety Disorder. She is 18 and has fallen thru the cracks because of true understanding. Books really do help. God Bless you for your efforts!

  2. Toni

    Hope you guys are doing okay, you have been AWOL here lately!

I always love hearing from you! :-)

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