INTRODUCTION TO THE SERIES: AUTISM PARENTING
We are introducing a new series of posts about what it’s like to be an autism parent. This is our way of contributing to autism awareness.
In this series, we are not going to discuss the definition of autism or potential causes. We do, however, find those issues extremely important and we have and will continue to discuss them in other series on our blog. But for this new series, our purpose is to make people more aware of what it’s like to walk in an autism parent’s shoes for a day.
We are trying to increase autism awareness by sharing our life and the lives of our closest friends who are living with autism. We want the reader to get a true glimpse into our world, our reality… the “raw” side of autism.
People can’t help or begin to truly understand autism if we don’t open ourselves up and share the struggles we all go through on a daily basis.
Autism parents are stuck in a vicious cycle. We have learned to be masters of “keeping it together”. We tell people everything is fine. We are not very good at asking for help or sharing our sorrows. We often isolate ourselves from society because we’re sick of explaining or making excuses. We know the general public can’t relate to what we’re going through and we’re too tired to educate. Instead of speaking out, we tend to internalize things.
But this is exactly what bites us, the autism community, in the butt.
This is a major reason that so little is known about autism by the general public. And because the public doesn’t really even know what autism is nor what it’s like to parent a child with autism, people are often harsh and judgmental.
We believe autism parents (ourselves included) need to do a better job of letting people in, versus living secretive lives. It is time to speak up.
Perhaps, if the public hears real life stories from autism parents in the trenches, they will become more understanding of our children and less judgmental of us as parents. People may even realize there is an autism epidemic affecting today’s youth, fund autism research, or hound the media to give autism the coverage it deserves.
One percent of the population currently has autism, and many say that number is still rising. Right now, the autism community is easily “swept under the rug” because we (autism parents) are taking care of everything… the bills, the childcare, the healthcare, the education, EVERYTHING. But what is going to happen when we die? When one percent of the population is parentless, and potentially homeless. Who will be responsible then?
Wake up world – autism is going to affect you in one way or another. Please help us now before things get out of control!
What can you do? Forward our autism parenting posts to increase autism awareness and help end the secrecy.
Copyright © 2012 [A Ventography!]. All Rights Reserved.