Every year on 2nd April is autism awareness day and the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014.
In the US Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
Amazing statistic right? I don't have an autistic child but I know friends who do and the strength they, as well as their families, have to give their autistic child the opportunities other kids have is outstanding. I am in awe of them and you can't help but fall in love with their children as well.
I may not have an autistic child but I did grow up with a special needs uncle who had downs syndrome. What he taught me was to love life, compassion for others who are different and to love unconditionally because every time I saw him while he was alive, he was happy, had a smile on his face and just enjoyed the life he had., He knew he was loved by us all and I am sad that my kids didn't meet him when he was alive but the stories and home movies show them that he was special to us all in the family.
It doesn't matter if the person is autistic, have downs syndrome or something else, the love of life they have makes my heart melt no matter what. This is what I see when I hear the stories of my friends children dealing with autism and the love their families have for them.
For the Autism blog hop I am giving away $25 Amazon gift card. The contest will run the tour length and random.org will pick the winner the day after the tour ends. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post to be entered.
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