April is Autism Awareness Month

I’ve never known much about Autism. I mean I see it on tv and stuff, but I’ve never known anyone who has it. Until I started following blogs. One of my all time favorite blogs is By My Side. Katrin writes about her love of dogs and how she trains them, and I love reading about her adventures with James, her service dog. It’s so interesting to read about service dogs other than guide dogs, and James is just extraordinary.

I asked for permission to link to her post about Autism Awareness. In this post, Katrin talks about how she was diagnosed after years of certain struggles. Looking at the woman she is today, I’m so grateful she writes a blog so I could come to know her.

It’s people like Katrin who help me understand when people say I’m an inspiration. When you’re just living your life, putting one foot in front of the other, doing the deal, it’s hard to see your own self as an inspiration. By watching people like Katrin though, who is an inspiration to me, it helps me better understand how people see me. I sometimes struggle with the word “inspiration” when it comes to people’s struggles. But I can’t deny that it’s inspiring to read about the good stories, the ones where people stand up against ignorance and criticism and in some cases, the belief that we shouldn’t exist with a disability. Those of us who say yeah, I’ve got a disability, so what? I surround myself with people like that, and Katrin is one of them.

Immediately after I read her post, the next post on my reading list was from another woman who has this attitude. How cool to read two posts back to back, both encompassing the kind of life I have chosen to lead for myself? I’ll be linking to that one too, once I have permission.

I can’t get enough strong people in my life. We all boost each other with our words, and it’s so refreshing to take that breath and inhale their words and strengths.

I plan to spend this month learning more about Autism. Maybe some day, if I educate myself on it, I can help educate someone with an ignorant view, which in the long term, will aide in the education of all disabilities.

I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful for mine, because without it, I wouldn’t have this blog and all the amazing people I’ve met through it.

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8 Responses to April is Autism Awareness Month

  1. Great post Ro! There are a lot of good websites where you can learn about autism. http://www.aane.org is one, another about why you shouldn’t support a rather large autism org is http://notautismspeaks.tk/ also just search for “neurodiversity and autism” and you’ll get a bunch of good links. If I can help you on your quest to learn more just LMK!

  2. Ro

    Excellent, I’ll check those out. I’m gonna try and blog about this this month, so I fond some stuff on your blog I’d like to link to as well, like training Monty to alert to the timers. I really like the real life experience angle when talking about a disability.

  3. That’s a really great goal! Go for it! I can’t wait to read about what you learn!

  4. Ro

    There’s a ton of information on that noautismspeaks site, but it’s not very accessible, so I’m gonna need to find another starting off site. I really liked the one about Asperger’s as it gave a really good overview of it. I’ve barely scratched the surface, but I’m so glad I started on this. It’s been a long time since I’ve researched anything, actually not since I researched guide dogs 🙂

  5. One of my fav blogs to read is: http://assistdogautism.blogspot.com/, Clive is a Assistance Dog for Autism, I’ve learned so much from reading his blog.

  6. Ro

    Excellent, thank you! I’ll check it out. I keep telling myself to stop researching but I can’t…

  7. L^2

    I agree with Toby’s raiser, Clive & Murray’s blog is excellent. I use to follow a few other Autism assistance dog blogs too, but most of them stopped being updated a long time ago. So, I don’t have the addresses for most of them anymore. I think I still have a link for Kyle and service dog Gilly’s journal though. It was written by Kyle’s Mom, and I always found it to be very interesting and informative. Oh yes, I found it – the address is: http://www.xanga.com/servicedog4kyle

  8. Ro

    Oh cool I’ll have to check it out, thanks!

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