Autism Awareness Month – Getting Started

So the month has begun… the month to bring Autism Awareness to the world. More so, to go beyond awareness and try to help people understand the people that have autism, help people understand how autism affects those people’s lives and most importantly, why they should want to know more about autism before they it comes time for them to need to know.

To start the month off, I thought I’d start with some straight forward information.

Facts

Blogs

Here are some blogs that I particularly enjoy and find to have very honest, accurate and even bold points of view, where you can and will learn a lot about autism, should you choose to read them.

News

Communities

Autism Understanding and Acceptance

Autism Understanding and Acceptance

My Request To You

I ask that you please take the time to read at least one article/story about autism that comes to you in your travels around the internet during the month of April and share it. Don’t just pick one at random though… pick one that looks like it may really move you or cause you to feel one way or another. Take the time to really read it… even if it’s just that one time.

And if it does move you, for good or bad, just so long as it makes you feel something… share it. Share it with your social media friends/followers… simply because I asked you to.

Please do not share to raise awareness. Everyone has heard of autism by now.

Instead, share to raise understanding. Share to help others be moved as well.

Because if you feel moved, if you feel anything, that means that you’re thinking about the person. It means that you are looking beyond the disorder.

When that happens, as more and more people begin to really understand, we’ll finally begin to see just how silly our notions of “normal” really are and how judging we can be sometimes when someone doesn’t fit that notion.

Only through understanding can there be acceptance. Only through acceptance can we truly be aware.

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of http://www.stuartduncan.name. My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

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10 Responses to Autism Awareness Month – Getting Started

  1. Marita April 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    A couple of new to me blogs in your list, I’m off to check them out 🙂 Thank you.

  2. Stuart Duncan April 1, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Oh, Marita, your blog was supposed to be included in that list. I drew a blank there. Sorry. It’s added to the list now 🙂

  3. Teriann Morgan April 2, 2012 at 5:43 am #

    Great post Stuart..Thank you

  4. Jessica April 2, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Excellent post and thanks for the mention. What you said is so true, “share for understanding.” Share so that I can go into a grocery store with my teenager and no one stares at us when she perseverates on a single item and we can’t leave the aisle or when we are in a restaurant and she talks too loud and gets up and down 10 million times. Definitely share so people understand.

  5. Dani G April 2, 2012 at 9:48 am #

    Well done, Stuart! As always 🙂

  6. Jim W. April 2, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    I’m not sure what to do with April. It seems to be particularly painful for my autistic friends, and so in deference to them, part of me feels like I should, to paraphrase Dori, “just keep bloggin’, just keep bloggin'” and not draw any more attention to it.

    On the other hand, I feel like that’s a bit of a betrayal to all the folks who, rightfully, want to help edu-mah-cate the masses.

    Still, all things considered there are precious few people reading my blog that aren’t already “aware”.

    Thank you for including my blog in your links!

    Jim

  7. Leah Kelley April 2, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    Awesome Stuart!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!! Yay!

    I would also love to be added… it seems like my destiny to involve myself in some way!!(http://30daysofautism.wordpress.com )

    Thank you for the work you are doing!

    Leah

  8. Leslie Ramsey April 5, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Hi Stuart,

    In case you didn’t already know, Johnson & Johnson’s YouTube channel is featuring autism videos this month. http://www.youtube.com/user/JNJhealth?ob=0&feature=results_main

    You also may be interested in a new book, “The Next Stop,” about a family dealing with their autistic son’s transition to adulthood. Beautifully written.

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