AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH: NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US!
Written by Elesia Ashkenazy
To some, Autism Awareness Month might mean purchasing puzzle shaped cookies at local restaurants in order to support a cure for autism. For others, it might mean participating in walks, writing letters to legislators, screening an autism-focused movie, or connecting with community members to raise positive awareness. But there are many different kinds of awareness. When I polled several Autistic self-advocates by asking, "Do you feel anything is missing in the big picture of Autism Awareness? If so, what changes would you like to see?" this is what they had to say:
Alyson Bradley in Christchurch, New Zealand:
We need national recognition. This is a hard question for me because I have autistic, mental and intellectual differences.
Join us as we welcome to AWN Radio two mother's whose autistic son's have had amazing experiences with the iPad. Both Shannon Des Roches Rosaand Melody Latimer are advocates for he iPad and it's numerous accessories due to the technology proving to be a valuable resource for countless neurodiverse children, including their own young sons. Melody continues to share with others the progress her son has made in the short time since he received his iPad this past Christmas, and Shannon has described her child's experience with his iPad as a "near miracle."Show Times: 11am EST, 10am CST, 9am MST, 8am PST.Please refer to the World Meeting Planner if you are outside the USA in order to confirm AWN
As it says in my signature, I run ASParenting.com. I had tried when I began the site to get some help from others. I will admit at that point I wasn't as established in the community so feel my pleas went on deaf ears.
I'm hoping to get some help now from those of you who are parents. Specifically AS parents of NT kids. I'm wanting to add more bloggers to the website as I'm sure listening to just my issues doesn't help everyone.
It's just to help the community. I don't get paid for the site in any way, nor do I ever plan on it. As such, this is just something you'd be volunteering to do.
If you're interested, you can leave a message here, or send me a message. Or if you'd rather, my email is melody at asparenting dot com.