Monday, August 15, 2016

The Land of Autism

I love hearing how "our life" has been an inspiration to some of you or how you can relate to a feeling or emotion I have as a mom, and I love hearing about all the different ways you all advocate. 

I follow a lot of blogs and I have noticed that they all differ on how they decide to show the world what their lives are like with autism. We all want to spread awareness for autism, I know that for a fact. We want inclusion for our children, we want needed services for our children, we want the same rights for your children and for our children. 

I'm a "newbie" in the land of autism and my child is very young. 

Those parents right now with older kids or adult children on the spectrum have definitely paved the way for "newbie" parents like myself. I wouldn't know half of what I know if it weren't for me seeing the stories of the autism "Vets" and what I didn't learn from them, I learned from autistics themselves. 

I remember that feeling of getting my child's diagnosis and all the emotions that came along with that. I also know what it's like to want answers from professionals and not get them, and to be sent on my way to this new land, the land of autism.

 I just want to learn as much as I can here so that I can set my child up to one day live alone in this land. 

When I got here I wanted to be accepted and taken in right away, but just like a new kid at school, not everyone accepts you. I get that! It's ok, we don't have to like everyone, but...

I sure as hell am going to teach my child that if she wants acceptance in this land that she has to accept all others here too. 

In this land there are differences of quirks, stims, functionings, and most of all there are the differences in opinions. 

isn't that what makes life in this land great? 

Our life with autism might not be like your life with autism, but it is not uncommon to find someone in our community that we can relate to. Whether your child is young, old, girl, boy, whether you're a parent, a self advocate or advocating for a loved one, we all live here! 

In this land your house may be bigger and you may have more friends at your parties, and if that's the case, good for you, you've done well for yourself. 

I'm just sitting here unpacking our stuff, settling in and getting us adjusted to our new life in our new land.

 It makes me kinda sad to see the long line of those who will also be joining us and moving in here too. I know how scary it can be to move to a new place, so I'll make sure to say "Hi" and "welcome" as they come on in. 

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