Today marks 2 months of my blogging. For two months I have being doing everything I can to raise my voice, share my personal experiences and well just bring awareness to Autism. In my kids’ school I have become somewhat of a pest. My persistence has finally paid off and on May 15th our school will have a Diversity Fair that I am planning.
Of course this type of event did not merit a special day to its self (YET). It has been tagged onto an already existing event, Beautification Day. On this day students and their families come to school with spades and shovels in hand, sleeves rolled up and ready to get dirty. Literally. I needed to figure out a way to incorporate my idea, a day where so-called typical kids become aware or the challenges of the so-called special kids, into this event. Then it came to me.
The words from His Holiness the Dalia Lama himself came rushing at me. “In order to have true happiness in this world, a happy future where people get a long, we must plant hope, seeds of compassion into our children.”
On May 15th I will set up a special table where children will be able to plant a seed in a small cup to take home. The children will plant Seeds of Compassion, which will grow Roots of Empathy and bloom Flowers of Acceptance. They will be giving a paper which will have the following written on it:
~ caring about others.
~ feeling the same feelings or emotions as someone without it actually happening to you.
~ being there when your friends need you.
~ respecting differences
~ recognizing that everyone has gifts and are unique and special.
~ not judging people.
~ not being critical.
~ forgiving each other.
~accepting people the way they are.
~not wanting them to change.
~looking at people’s hearts not at how they look or how they act (their inside not the outside)
~accepting that no one is perfect.
The children and their parents will then be invited to visit tables that will be set up. Each table will be manned by parents who have a child that faces some type of challenge that children who attend or have attended our school face. On their tables they will have information on this challenge and/or cause. I will have a table for Autism. There will be a sign up sheet to join a school team for the Autism Speaks Walk. What else do you think I should have on my table? Please leave a comment with your ideas.
April and Autism Awareness Month may be over but for my family and so many others, our awareness of Autism is a daily thing. If having a table, planting a seed or anything else can possibly make other parents and their children aware, start some conversations, plant some hope and compassion… well then I guess I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get a little dirty.