Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

Approximately 1 in 68 children have been identified with an 
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) according to estimates from the CDC.

A 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago.

In our household, it's 2 in 2.

Our daughter, Sofia, and son, Grayson, are both on the Autism Spectrum. For Sofia, it means debilitating anxiety, and for Grayson, it means oral-motor and speech issues. Both are stim seekers, have issues with motor planning and fine motor skills, do not handle change and transitions well, and have echolalia in varying degrees. We can never sing the "Happy Birthday" song at Sofia's birthday parties because the song is an auditory nightmare for her, and Grayson, though improving with therapy, has trouble chewing his food and forming words.

Yet both are the most amazing children we have ever had the privilege of knowing. They are the ultimate loves of our lives. They attack each day like titans. They are wildly charismatic, funny to the nth degree, outsmart us in every conversation, have memories like steel traps, are highly intelligent, are as beautiful as the day is long, and want so badly, though sometimes it is not instinctual to them, to be a big part of society and the world in which they live.

Autism Awareness is pivotal. With the growing number of children on the spectrum, it is so imperative that the world understand what autism means.

Just Like You

By

Ethan Crownberry


Autism is not a virus—not a horrible disease.

It’s the way my brain is wired—a disorder, if you please.

It’s the thing that makes us different in too many ways to mention,

yet the source of powers I possess beyond mere comprehension.

And although we may be different,

we are really quite the same.

Just like you, I have a family.

Just like you, I have a name.

Just like you, I love to run.

Just like you, I love to play.

Just like you, my sun will set and rise again another day.

Just like you, I am an artist who might paint a work of art.

Just like you, I am an actor who has yet to play their part.

Just like you, I am a soldier who defends my country proudly.

Just like you, I am a rock star who can play guitar quite loudly.

Just like you, I am a doctor who can cure whatever ails you.

Just like you, I fix computers when computer hardware fails you.

Just like you, I am a singer. Just like you, I am a dancer.

Just like you, I am a scientist who someday might cure cancer.

Just like you, my eyes can cry.

Just like you, my heart can break.

Just like you, I get upset—there’s only so much one can take.

Just like you, I’m full of humor and can fill the world with laughter.

Just like you, I hope to someday find my happily-ever-after.

Just like you, I have a smile that can set the world alight.

Just like you, I am a star that shines throughout the darkest night.

Just like you, and every one of us, I have a lot to give.

Just like you, I am important in this world where we all live.

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