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Do you know someone on the autism spectrum? Have they inspired you to learn more about autism? Have they just plain inspired you?
If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then I challenge you to do something about that today. Read the CDC report, check out a book at the library, ask your friend/family member that is affected by autism what it means to them and how it changed their life. If you have a friend or family member with a newly diagnosed child, ask them how you can be supportive; but, most importantly, continue to be for them who you were before the diagnosis as well. Parents need support and understanding as much as the child. The only way to be prepared for our encounters with autism, to be accepting of those with autism, to be aware of the effects of autism, is to be educated about autism. Be one of the few that acts for the growing autism crisis, rather than one who reacts to autism.
Hopefully, as you are out and about today doing you daily life routine, you will see signs of a growing awareness in our world. Light It Up Blue is today--another way to raise awareness-- and I hope you will see blue lights lighting up doorsteps of homes, landmarks, and public buildings in your area. I hope you start to notice the rainbow-colored puzzle pieces on bumpers in traffic that draw attention to Autism Awareness. I hope you notice the child that you once thought was weird or disabled or in need of discipline, and understand that sometimes situations aren't as simple as they seem on the surface. I hope you live today in awareness.