Our schedule for this post: FIRST disclaimer, THEN soapbox.
All that being said, I have high hopes for Autism Awareness Month every year. I truly enjoy the people with autism that I know, and, framed simply, I want others to be aware of how cool it can be to really know someone with autism.
ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER: Statistically speaking, there are probably people with autism out there that I wouldn’t enjoy, and OF COURSE nobody is a joy to be around ALL the time, including me.
So every April, I get a little geeked out thinking about how more people will find about autism…and then the big month comes, and guess what?
1. My google alerts are full of sob stories and fundraiser alerts.
2. I don’t see any more public appreciation than usual (which isn’t much) for any:
So, since we are calling dibs on months to squawk about stuff, I would like to declare the month of May: The Empowered Autism Appreciation Month. Send me your celebrations, love stories, moments of hilarity, and victories having to do with autism. We can appreciate them together.