I have had a really hard time writing this month… my apologies! There are so many directions that my life is focused on right now…however, I will always, but always be writing to raise awareness for autism. Right now, though I have a tonne of funny autism related stories, I just have writer’s block. It drives me around the bend when I can’t write about something that is so important to me.
Saying that however, autism parents are likely all aware that coming up soon is Autism Awareness Month. Yes, April is coming up quickly – and I for one am looking forward to it! Not only because of Autism Awareness Month, but also for some warmer temperatures!
During the month of April, we have World Autism Awareness Day, which is on April 2nd. Now, one of the coolest events that I have seen for WAAD, is the Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue Campaign.
There is something to be said for having so many people and organizations join together for even one day, from all around the world, to raise awareness for autism. As an autism parent, this means the world to me… as it should and does for everyone else that is involved with autism in one way or another. When I see things come together like Light It Up Blue, it restores a bit of faith, and though it doesn’t make up for all the difficult times we have had, it does make me believe that one day our children and loved ones will be recognized and acknowledged for who they are. And it is that belief that carries me through… giving me the strength to advocate another day… for my son and so many others that I know and love on the autism spectrum.
Have you seen some of the pictures from Light It Up Blue??
I guess the word here would be solidarity… and I like it!
So why am I writing about Light It Up Blue in January? Well, I have a friend whose son started a petition to have the White House participate in Light It Up Blue. This young man started this petition in honour of his brother who is on the autism spectrum. I love this… what a great brother!! What a great family!!
So, if I could ask a really big favour… if you don’t mind, can you take a couple of minutes and sign the petition… please! It would mean a great deal to me and having the White House participate would also be tremendous for helping raise awareness. It doesn’t get much bigger than that!
C’mon… let’s light the White House up BLUE!!
Until next time…