Are You Aware?

Autism awareness needs to change.

People need to understand what awareness is all about. It’s NOT looking at a kid who has autism and treating them like they’re neurotypical.

It’s NOT saying, “oh, I’m sure that’s hard for any kid” when a parent says what they’re struggling with.

You seeing my daughter’s autism and ignoring it is NOT awareness and acceptance.

Be aware of the differences.

Be aware of the struggles.

We know you see the meltdowns and the rigid routine. We know you see that she’s not quite like everyone else…stop ignoring it and stare it in it’s face like I do every day.

Be AWARE.

Be aware that it exists and it’s struggles impact her daily.

Be aware that she has an IEP and ongoing therapy.

These aren’t secrets.

Stop thinking that you should ignore it’s existence in order to make her feel included…or to make her feel “normal.” It’s crushing her self esteem and it’s belittling my work as a parent.

ACCEPT that she’s autistic.

ACCEPT that having that diagnosis makes her childhood more difficult than most.

ACCEPT that things need to be done differently.

ACCEPT that she’s going to have outbursts that are loud and sometimes scary.

ACCEPT that regardless of these difficulties, she’s going to strive.

ACCEPT her.

Autism isn’t the elephant in the room, your lack of education on it is.

Meltdown potential isn’t the tension in the air… your inability to understand it is.

The frustration isn’t the autism.

Awareness isn’t excuses or pity or shame.

Acceptance is looking at her and seeing her WITH her autism.

Are you aware?

Written by, Hope Smith

My name is Hope and I’m a single mom to an amazing little girl named Autumn. She’s seven years old and diagnosed with ASD, GAD, and DMDD. She has been receiving services since she was two years old and diagnosed with Autism at four. She loves organizing, catching bugs, and arts and crafts. We are always looking for more people to join us in navigating the journey of love and the autism spectrum.

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