A few days ago, the CDC reported that the rate of Autism in the United States is currently 1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys, 1 in 189 girls. I'm not shocked. I'm just sad. And you know what else? Having a new baby boy, I'm also scared. That's not a popular thing to say, but it's my truth. This hasn't been easy for me.
April is Autism Awareness month, but of course, if you have a child with ASD or even spend any time with one (or ever run into us in a restaurant or grocery store), you're pretty aware all the time.
April 2nd has been designated World Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day and people are encouraged to wear BLUE to show their support. It seems that it's Autism Speaks who created the day and promotes it most heavily and there are so many people in the ASD world who are pretty Anti-Autism Speaks. If you're not in the ASD world, you probably didn't know that. Anyway, I've spoken about my feelings on this before, so you can read this or just know that I don't agree with everything Autism Speaks does or says, but I certainly applaud their efforts to advocate and raise awareness among the general public.
Every year I ask my friends, family, and the rest of 'em to wear BLUE on April 2nd to show support for the millions of families like mine around the world who are living with Autism, then send me photos so I can post them here on the blog. So, please show me your blue this Wednesday by emailing me at TheRealDaniG@ gmail.com.
Families with Autism need the support of family, friends, their communities, and even strangers.
Wanna see the blues of the past?