… because I can, and because these good mothers … these good WOMEN aren’t taking autism lying down. They’re standing up for their children, helping them, and using their voices to help us all understand a little better. While some are shutting down their blogs and twitter and facebook today, to simulate the communication problems of people with autism, others are committed to a day of activism and speaking out.
Today, I’m standing up and shouting WITH my real-life friends Sunday Stillwell (@xtremeparnthood) and Jean Winegardner (@stimey), and my blogfriends @Joeymom, @iampixiemama, and @Niksmom. Please click and read their posts. I’m hoping with this post to amplify their voices a little further, into corners where perhaps their voices don’t yet reach, and to hopefully introduce each to one person who doesn’t already hear their voices, their strong, loving voices, who bless me by showing me the depth of love of a parent for a child. Not because the children are autistic, mind you — but simply because the children are their children, and they happen to communicate differently. These friends have amazing things to say about their beautiful boys, and about being a mother of a child with autism. Sunday, Jean, and all my blogfriends with children with special needs, thank you for raising my awareness of children with autism, and for helping me understand those whom I meet in the park, at the store, and around town.
The one thing you didn’t need to teach me was how to love them, as little Jack did that all himself.
P.S. If you haven’t met Jumby, or if you’ve ever not known where to look when meeting a child with disabilities, please read this as well. RedneckMommy is hurting today.