With Autism Awareness month just around the corner, there are a few things I would like to see happen this time around.
Obviously, there needs to be a focus on people who are Autistic. That should go without saying and even in 2017, that’s sorely lacking.
However, one of the things that I believe needs a larger focus, is the parents raising these kids with Autism. I realize that most parents of kids with Autism are neuro-typical, but we/they play an absolutely critical role in the lives and futures of our children with Autism.
Without resources, funding and support, we can’t be what our kids need. Without support, we can give our kids what they need to reach their full potential.
Speaking for myself, I’m very, very human. There’s only so much I can do without support and if I struggle, my kids with Autism will very likely do the same. In my experience, kids with Autism and their parents, have a very symbiotic relationship. In other words, when some impacts one, it impacts the other.
Supporting Autism parents, helps to ensure that their kids with Autism also have the support they need to better navigate this crazy ass world we live in. I know that some may take offense to my opinions here but the reality is that without solid parents, what chance do our kids with Autism have?
Helping the parents, indirectly helps their kids with Autism and at the end of the day, isn’t that all that matters.