Changing the Narrative

The other day I interviewed Joe of Joe James Autistic Awareness & Photography, an autism self advocate and all around cool guy. Each time I chat with him I spend days after reflecting on the wisdom and advice he provides me with.

In our most recent interview, at least a dozen time he said, ‘I am autistic and proud.’ And at one point he said, ‘can you imagine if every autistic person said that? How the narrative of disability would change?’

Wow. Think about that for a minute. Right now, disability is often synonymous with less than. Sad. Not valued. I know that rhetoric was sent my way after my son was diagnosed. And I succumbed for many years. The challenges overtook me. I’m not proud of it and I vow everyday to do better.

My goal is to change the stigma surrounding autism starting at the discovery. Even before.

When a parent hears autism I don’t want them to be quite so afraid. I want them to hear positive and hope not negative and bleak.

And that starts with me. As Cooper’s mom.

This is Cooper. He is autistic and I am so proud to be his mother.

Not despite the fact that he is autistic. His autism is woven through him and makes him who he is. Cooper.

He is the coolest, most amazing, funny, smart, kid. And I’m proud to be his mom.

As parents, we needs to say that more. We need to build confidence in our kids and hope in their futures.

Let’s share the beauty and joy in the diagnosis.

Also go give Joe a follow. We have lots to learn from him.

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