Well, this is it- April has come to a close, and with it, Autism Awareness Month. I hope this series has provided useful info to get a range of information and approaches to autism (whether you agree with all those approaches or not, it is good to know about them). You may have noticed that I focused more on sites and information about and by autistic people, information about education strategies and organizations, and support materials. This does, of course, reveal my own views and biases.
I have one more for you before we move on to Disability Awareness Day.
The Organization for Autism Research is not about finding cures, but providing information about education and services, statistical information, and treatments. Again, you may or may not agree with everything on the site, but it does have useful information, and lots of things to think about.
Autism is part of our lives. For each and every one of us, autism is a fact. We are autistic, our child(ren) is autistic, our cousins, our friends, our neighbors, our extended families- somewhere in that milieu, there is an autistic person. It is important that we gain understanding of autism and accept autistic people, just as we would want to be understood and accepted: with respect, with love, and with joy.
Happy Autism Awareness Month.