April is Autism Awareness Month.
In anticipation of this event, last week my husband and I were able to give a presentation about autism at Dixie College as part of their Disability Awareness Week.
It felt great to share our story - as well as information and statistics about autism spectrum disorders. The audience was comprised of students, faculty members, and a few personal friends, with the group's smaller size encouraging a discussion-type atmosphere. Also in attendance was a family with four sons, each of whom have a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. Of course, I quickly felt a connection with the parents, a feeling which seemed reciprocated as I noticed them nodding at each other in agreement with my statements several times during the presentation. In speaking with them afterwards, I learned that their oldest, whom is more severely affected by AS than his brothers, will graduate with a bachelor's degree from Dixie College next spring. What an accomplishment! It just proves that with encouragement, support, patience, and understanding, these individuals can accomplish great things :)
As part of spreading awareness, I've decided to step up my blog efforts and publish at least 15 entries this month. These might address facts or statistics, express my opinions, or simply just illustrate the daily life of our family. Please check back often...and please, feel free to share this site with others - especially those whose lives are affected by this diagnosis. This can often be a difficult and lonely road to travel; knowing others who are experiencing the same issues can help make it seem a little easier.