This is my son.
He’s cute right? He is almost 12 years old. My life and my families’ life was forever changed when he was born.
He has a birthday this week and when I asked him what he wanted for his birthday gift, he promptly typed this on his Ipad….
“for masses to understand that people with autism are not so different.”
Wow. It would actually be easier to go to Target and buy him something but unfortunately Target doesn’t sell “tolerance, awareness and empathy towards others with disabilities” in a cute little box. So, it’s up to me to spread the word.
This week, in honor of my son and others like him, can you help to make his birthday wish come true?
- Talk with your kids about people with disabilities. Please stress the importance that they are just like us and that they crave love, respect and presumption of competence just like everyone does.
- If you see a person with a disability, introduce yourself! Be kind. Smile. Give ‘em a high five!
- Ask your children to befriend a child at school who may have a few extra special needs. Kids with disabilities can feel so isolated.
- Preach tolerance. Let’s eliminate the word “retard” from our vocabulary. If you hear someone say it as a “joke”, please correct them.
- If you’re a business owner, consider hiring someone with a disability. They make some of the most loyal employees.
- Tonight at dinner, chat with your family about how you can help make an impact in your community so “masses will understand that people with autism are not so different.” Thanks!!