Today may just be the day after April Fools for you. For others, today represents solidarity for those living with Autism. Whether or not Autism affects your life directly, celebrate with the autism community today, and all month long.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
One of my former classmates, Kierra, has set up a page to raise funds on her son Desmond’s behalf. Desmond, who is now five years-old, was diagnosed with autism about seven months before his third birthday. Kierra says as soon as she received the news that her son was on the spectrum, she knew she had to be proactive about getting him the help he deserved and needed.
It has not been an easy journey at all, but raising such a bright, bubbly, well-mannered child who in my eyes, is misunderstood, has been very rewarding. He is often labeled as “hyperactive” or “out of control” when in reality, he is always so eager and excited to see or learn new things. He can’t read, write or tell me why he can get suddenly sad or angry, but his receptive skills (how he understands and follows directions) are remarkable. He also has a real connection to close loved ones. Also his ear/love for music and instruments has impressed some of the most talented musicians we know!! Raising a child with autism is a constant challenge, and being his mother is an exhausting, exhilarating, and lonely roller coaster ride but I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
If you would like to make a donation to Autism Speaks on behalf of Kierra and Desmond, please follow the link below.