I am on Cloud Nine right now! It’s April 1st and that means it is AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH! My kids were all dressed in Blue today and wearing there Light it up Blue Pins and a special puzzle piece pin that we made. When I asked Jay what he would say to people if they asked him why he was wearing them he said, “It’s for Autism Awareness.” Okay check, one right answer. So then I asked him, “What if they ask you what is autism. What will you tell them?” And my BABY held his head up high, pulled his shoulders back, smiled and said, “I will tell them I HAVE AUTISM. People with autism think differently. Like me. We are not sick, we are not dumb… we just think differently and we want people to know that!” I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO PROUD!!!!
And so I feel like celebrating. I want to shout from my rooftop what Jay said. But since I am afraid of heights, I decided to jump on the Mommy Blog bandwagon instead. So I am joining the Ultimate Blog Party. If you are reading this because you found me from there… WELCOME!
I hope you take a few minutes to look around my Blog. But since time is so precious I am going to post a few facts on this page, that way, in case you decide to never come back, which of course I hope you don’t…. please come back please… anyway, I am posting these facts as an effort to bring awareness to my cause. I am doing it for JAY. All the Jays out there want you to know that they are not sick, they are not dumb… they just want to be understood, accepted and treated with compassion and respect!
*APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
*April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day-
People all around the world will wear BLUE to show their support
*1 in 110 children is diagnosed with autism
*67 children are diagnosed per a day
*A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes
*More children will be diagnosed with autism this year then with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined
*Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases.
– FACTS ARE FROM AUTISM SPEAKS