As a parent, I realize I must constantly open more doors to assist the process of understanding what life can be about… With a diagnosis like autism, on any given day, it can be so challenging to help your offspring understand the meaning of different situations we can witness. Today was a breeze. Today was all about being connected and wanting to be a part of the world.
Our presence at the Women’s March in St. Pete FL was so enriching, exciting.
Our sign said:
REMEMBER: AUTISM IS NOT SCARY!
WE NEED MORE +MEDIA COVERAGE
My daughter was all ready to ask for pictures, to raise her megaphone voice and say it – Autism is not scary!
97% of those present, who engaged her, more than agreed. High fives were exchanged, thumbs up and pictures were taken. Or she squarely requested, people read my sign!!
The greatest affirmation we were at the right place… the number of people who acknowledged their first hand understanding of our message because they had a child, relative in the spectrum. Some were there, others could not or were not able to handle a crowd, the over stimulation, etc. And they understood and they thanked us for being there, for our message. Others simply agreed and said it is about time someone said it.
Powerful words from a young teacher (special needs classroom) approached us, took a picture and said: “I am so proud of you bringing your child. Sharing your reality. Above all, living life and confirming having a child in the spectrum is not a death sentence.” I smiled, thanked her and we moved on because more people wanted cutie’s picture.
I asked Thomais what was her favorite part of the day and she said everything.
Thank you to all the individuals, families, mothers, fathers, husbands, children present. This event should be held yearly!
Our day ended perfectly with the powerful voice of a local singer, delighting us with his version of “Imagine” by John Lennon —
You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Read more: John Lennon - Imagine Lyrics | MetroLyrics
And it is up to us to make the world be as one… because Autism is not scary!