This is why autism is not to be “celebrated”. It is not AUsome. That whole phrase is overused by well-meaning providers but offensive to us parents. Do NOT buy into the light it up blue propaganda we are all about to be fed next month during April autism “awareness” month.
The death rates rise for our most vulnerable in this country yet no alarms sound, no outrage over the deaths, because publicizing autism means the begging question, where on earth did all these children with autism come from?
Autism spectrum disorder is a disability few properly understand, children who look “normal” but are far from typical, don’t draw attention and yet they find water or danger so easily.
These children (and adults too) are not always aware of danger, parents are hyper-vigilant every moment of every day. I know because we have been and are still super stressed and vigilant for our son Tyler who at age 15 goes to a small private therapy school and we now can reason with him but he is easily distracted and can never be left unattended, this is Autism for millions.