I haven’t been the biggest fan of Autism Awareness Month. Like many parents, I am all TOO aware every single day of my daughter’s life – and those days don’t happen only in April. I also find myself very angry at or depressed by most of the media coverage on ASD during this time, which sadly does more to reinforce stereotypes, trigger hysteria or raise false hopes in the name of ratings, forsaking the whole spirit and purpose of raising awareness and fostering acceptance.
Similarly, it’s been sad and difficult to see the dissension within the ASD community, especially when that leads to anyone in the community feeling as though she is not heard or understood. It makes me think back to the days right after my daughter’s diagnosis, when I was desperately seeking information and often found my Internet searches leading me into a quicksand of despair. When my daughter is of an age to start asking questions about herself and to want to find information that helps her understand Autism, I want her to find the posts from this project; not bitter words, misinformation or ostracism.
So, I eagerly add my voice to this project and encourage anyone – with or without a blog – to do the same. If you don’t blog and would like to use my blog as a vehicle for making your story a part of this beautiful project, please email me at profmomesq at hotmail dot com.