In honor of Autism Awareness Month, Huffington Post asked its Parents community on Facebook to tell them what autism is—and what it is not—in their unique experiences. And their answers (68 of them shared) are touching and heartfelt…here’s a sample of responses:
Autism is the greatest lesson in discovering how strong I am as a woman, and a mother.
Autism is not something that makes my child less of a person. — Amanda Nelson-Van Wagenen
Autism is an infectious laugh, feeling and giving everything to emotions, confusion.
Autism is not friendless, dull, what you fear it will be. — Denise Henry
Autism is showing that brilliant minds think differently and we need to open up our eyes and see what they see to truly understand that.
Autism is not a cookie cutter diagnosis, its called a spectrum for a reason. — Laura Shrestha
Autism is a different way of relating to the world around you. It is a different set of experiences.
Autism is not what I would wish for my son, but it is not a monster or evil. We just have to learn a different perspective for our lives. — Amanda Orgel Ferguson
Autism is tickles, laughs, sleepless nights, kisses, self-injury, beauty, frustration, joy, sadness, love.
Autism is not an end. — Barbara Bickel Hafer
Read the rest of their answers here.
Lynsey, Community Manager