I don’t believe there’s necessarily a right or wrong when it comes to helping the world become more in tune with how Autism impacts the lives of those touched by it and their families. In fact, anything that helps move this cause forward, is positive in my book, whether or not I completely agree with the approach.
One of the things that I’ve learned through my partnership with companies like Vivint Home and the Vivint Gives Back Foundation, is that making a difference comes in many forms. In Vivint’s case, they provide special needs families with free home security and automation equipment, to help keep wandering kids safe, as well as provide peace of mind to their parents.
Vivint also donates and installs sensory rooms to schools across the country as well. These things all have an enormous impact on the local communities that receive these things, and I’m honored to be part of this program.
When it comes to things like Autism Awareness month, people work towards making a difference in many different ways. The most common is putting in a blue bulb.
When I took a stand against the Light it up Blue campaign, many other parents and adult Autistics agreed with my stance, but I now realize I was wrong, or at least misguided.
When someone screws in a blue light bulb, they’re not doing it to put money into the pockets of a multimillion dollar company. They’re doing it because they truly believe it makes a difference. Whether it does or not is something that can’t be quantitatively scored.
Here’s the thing, the person or people who put these bulbs in, have pure intentions and are doing so to make a difference, not only for their loved ones with Autism but all our loved ones with Autism.
When you look at it that way, it’s powerful.
I would encourage everyone reading this to embrace Autism Awareness month in whatever way they feel is best for themselves and their family.
To show my support for the many different ways there are to raise Autism Awareness; I’m working on a special giveaway that I’ll launch in the next week.
In collaboration with Philips Lighting, I’m giving away a bunch of blue led bulbs, both through this blog and in my local community. These are provided by Philips Lighting, in order to help make a difference.
When it comes to Autism Awareness month this year, embrace it in whatever way works best for you. Support organizations like Vivint Gives Back and take advantage of the help they want to provide families like your and mine.
Encourage and support businesses that hire people with Autism. Reach out to special needs families in your area and help prevent isolation. I’ll be sharing some ways that you can make a difference in the lives of those touched by Autism and their families in a near future post.
Let us work together, overcome our differences and make the world a better place for our loved ones with Autism… ☺