Not KMart… Autism Awareness Month…http://www.lightitupblue.org/
We turn on our lights tonight. I’m wearing blue. Jess, from Diary of a Mom says , “While awareness is not the end-goal, it is the only means by which we will achieve it.” You can read her impassioned letter to President Obama here. Here are some really poignant excerpts:
“On April 2nd of this year, the world will join together in observation of the Fourth Annual World Autism Awareness Day. As you know, this day exists because it has to. Because our children’s ranks are now growing in undeniably epidemic proportions. Because 1 in 110 children are now on the autism spectrum. 1 in 110. Please take a moment to let the enormity of that number sink in. The numbers aren’t getting any smaller. And someday mothers like me – mothers of 1 in every 110 children – will no longer be here to take care of our precious babies…
We need a lot more than blue bulbs. We need research and a renewed and reinvigorated commitment to real scientific inquiry and critical thinking. We need the money that you promised to fully fund IDEA. We need sweeping legislative change. We need a federal mandate on insurance reform. We need passage of the ABLE Accounts Act and a reauthorization of the Combating Autism Act. We need affordable and appropriate housing for our children as they transition into adulthood. We need the money that you promised to allocate to autism services, research and treatment. And far more.“
In the 1970s, the Autism Society named April National Autism Awareness Month, and in 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).There are tremendous things going on.
- On our local area, A&P Equipment Services in Jacksonville is offering Blue Doughnuts and Coffee.
- Waycross Middle School is asking everyone to dress in blue on April 9th
- In farther afield activities, the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center are going blue today
- The Sydney Opera House is going blue
- The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism is running a series of “This is My Autism” stories every day this month.
- Heck, even the Lebanese Autism Society is hosting a conference this month. In the middle of war and social upheaval in the region, they note the seriousness and the importance of autism to the future of their children.
I keep thinking of Jess’s words:
“While awareness is not the end-goal, it is the only means by which we will achieve it.”
Please spread the awareness…