Today is World Autism Awareness Day!

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Today is World Autism Awareness Day!
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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 12:05pm

Are you doing anything special for today?

I put blue lightbulbs in every outdoor light. (I chose blue because it's the color that's out there and it gets attention -- not because I'm pushing any group, just wanted to be clear LOL) I'm of the opinion that any awareness opens the door for conversations and education, and I'll take it over non-awareness. I can do nothing because I don't like the color blue, or I can put up blue and at least get the chance to explain and share my feelings.


There's a lot out there about it if you google it, but I like this page for the latest updates: https://www.facebook.com/worldautismawarenessday

My disclaimer: I am not advocating any particular organization. I just want awareness, however it is achieved.

What are you doing to further awareness today? My son is now homeschooled so I can't make chocolate puzzle piece pops to school, and I work from home so I don't have co-workers to fill with cupcakes covered in puzzles pieces, but I'm out and about talking to other people and answering questions about my blue lights. And I found my autism car magnet, which I slapped on my car, pollen and all, lol.

Some of us aren't in a place where we can do anything, and that's okay. Your family comes first. Those first couple of years, it was all I could do to keep him from gouging out his eyes and ripping out his eyelashes and not breaking something and still get a little bit of sleep while holding onto the remnants of my sanity. Things are better now though, so I'm doing what I can, knowing that I will represent those still in the lowest of trenches. As a community, we have to come together today in this way.

Lily

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 12:16pm

Hi Lily,

My heart goes out to parents who are dealing with this. I am so glad that more and more people are becomming aware of it as it affects so many.

Karla
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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 12:18pm

My ds is teetering on the spectrum. Some tendencies, but it could be excessive of one behavior that pushes him over, etc.

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 12:22pm
I've seen several people adding autism awareness ribbons to their profile pictures on Facebook or Twitter. I thought that was a nice way, like you said, to open the door for conversations or just to let people know that you care. I don't think you necessarily need to have first hand experience with autism to show your support for others, as well as for research and education.
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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 12:33pm

I love the blue pictures that are being shared on the Facebook page!

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 12:37pm

My youngest son has hyperlexia ( http://www.autismkey.com/hyperlexia/ ) which is considered to be on the spectrum in some countries but not the United States. I've always pondered the "coincidence" of his birthday being April 2nd, the same day as Autism Awareness Day.

Thanks for the Facebook link - I'm going to go "like" it right now!

Lisa

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 12:46pm
We picked up our blue light bulbs yesterday and have our magnets on our vehicles. I've updated my Facebook profile pic too. I'm also taking the time to discuss autism awareness with friends and family today, including my children (one of which is on the spectrum, but doesn't understand it fully himself).

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Registered: 11-14-2008
Mon, 04-02-2012 - 1:11pm

We're shining blue to raise awareness, too. Year ago, I volunteered at our local school and worked with a number of special needs children, including those with varying levels of autism. I've seen heart breaking/heart melting moments, set backs and breakthroughs and I've been moved so much by the determination and dedication of their parents and siblings. Spreading awareness and education is my small contribution.

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Mon, 04-02-2012 - 1:18pm
I'm glad you posted about this, Lily :)

Awareness is so important, especially since more and more kids are being diagnosed with it. I'll be sharing information on Twitter and Facebook; I need to find one of those magnets for my car!