Thursday, April 6, 2017

What We'd Like You to Know

Every year our school district does Autism Awareness shirts.
This year I added our hashtag to our shirts.
Two years ago I wrote a post called April is Autism... In that post our family shared what we'd like you to be aware of about Autism in April and every other month.

I thought I'd revisit that idea this year and see if anyone's answers have changed.  I asked them "What do you want people to know about Autism?  What would you want people to know about B to understand him better?"

"He's not saying random stuff just to say it.  He's saying it because it's the first thing that pops in his head and he can't always filter what he says."

"That he is different from other people, and he just understands and reacts to things different than other people."

"Everyone is a little quirky.  B's a are a little bigger and he can't always control them." {I'll note here that at the beginning of our Autism journey Ryan said to me "if he is, you are" because B and share some similar quirks.} 

This whole site is about what I think of Autism.  Autism can be hard.  But it can be a gift if you choose to look at it that way.  As with most things in life, it's your perspective on this issue that shapes the issue.

And participating for the first time....drumroll, please....

"I'm creative and messy.  Autism is a trait. A trait is something you're born with and that you can't grow out of.  Autism is a trait of mine."

There you have it folks! What the Barti (plural form of Bartis, like octopus and octopi) want you to know about Autism and our B-man. If you have questions, we'd love to hear them in the comments!

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