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Light It Up True: Autism Commemoration

Posted Apr 01 2013 12:00am

Girls easter

By Kim Stagliano

Join me in commemorating autism action month.  Let's look at other diagnoses and their fund raising efforts: Walk to End Alzheimers. Race for the Cure. Knock Out Muscular Dystrophy.  What are we "allowed" in the autism community?  "Light it Up Blue!"  "Shine a light on autism!" We deserve more.

We face numbers that are rising with seemingly no concern or alarm in the medical, government or mainstream media communities. Prevention? Taboo. Treatment? Reviled. Recovery? Impossible!  Insurance coverage? Too expensive! Housing and employment? Crickets.

Meanwhile, kids are aging out into adulthood. My oldest is 18. Families are going broke. And we are simply told to recognize or celebrate the difference?

Today, April 1,  and every day I honor my beautiful children: Bella, Gianna and Mia (L to R in photo) - I remember their struggles, their difficulties, and how hard they work to make it through a day in a world that seems content to simply "acknowledge them" and offer them a special seat in a movie theatre or a fast line at Disney, as if accommodations are the answer.  I want more for them.

Commemorate someone you love with autism in the comments.

Posted by Age of Autism at April 01, 2013 at 5:43 AM in Kim Stagliano Permalink

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