Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Autism Blog Hop Stop


 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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25 comments:

Jessica Hale(Parsons) said...

I hope this blog hop brings alot more awareness to people :)

Jessica
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laurie said...

i totally support this blog hop. my dad has asperbergers and it was a real struggle for him when he was alive to come to terms with the fact he didn't know for the first 40 years of his life that he had it and always thought he was stupid. it made more sense what was going on when he did get the diagnosis

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theartistryofthebipolarbrain said...

I'm glad your family had the time and happiness with your uncle. :-)

Medical disorders can make or break a person or a relationship, including families.

Elayne said...

I have a nephew with fragileX syndrome, he finds all social interaction difficult. But he has a lovely and supporting family. This blog hop is a great idea. I followed it last year also.

Shorty Chelle said...

I personally am not autistic nor do I personally know anyone who is. I however was born physically disabled. It’s a condition called Arthrogryposis. It affects joints and height. It causes multtiple birth defects. Such as cleft pallet, clubbed feet, etc. Although I’ve had many surgeries to correct different things that were wrong. I was not suposed to live past 21. I am now 44 yrs old. I continously struggle with day to day things as I live by myself and am only 4′ 4″. I am in constant pain from arthritis due to the surgeries I’ve had earlier in my life. But, I’ve led a full life and am happy. I don’t really like talking about myself as it makes me very uncomfortable. Have a wonderful day.

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Lisa G said...

My oldest daughter was blind from birth and through her we met so many amazing peoples, some special needs and some not. We were blessed to have her in our lives for the 5 years God gave us and treasure our memories and the friendships we wouldn't have without her.

Debby said...

Blog hops like these are amazing. We need more of them. Thanks
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Paisley said...

Great post!
It is true that many more boys are diagnosed with autism than girls are - but it also makes it harder for parents with girls because so many services are geared towards boys. This is especially true of Asperger's girls - they are often not diagnosed until much later which is a shame as early intervention would be really helpful.

Jen CW said...

I am so happy that you all are doing this blog hop and trying to bring more awareness to autism.

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amy bowens said...

I think this is a very honorable thing that you and the rest are doing with Autism awareness. My brother Michael is autistic! To me his the bright star in our family and I love him for the way he is! Thanks again
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Jbst said...

Thanks for being part of this important Hop. So many children and adults are afflicted with this disease.
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Cjean said...

ROCK ON!!!!!

H.B. said...

Thank you for taking part in the hop and for spreading awareness!

Tracy George said...

This is such a great thing you are all doing to promote awareness.....
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ShirleyAnn said...

Having this blog hop is a wonderful way to highlight Autism.

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Ashley E said...

I've never met someone with autism (hard to believe with those statistics), but so many stories out there are heartbreaking and heartlifting. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

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Anonymous said...

I always learn so much on this hop!

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Jen said...

Thanks for blogging about autism. I admire and appreciate everyone who is participating in this hop.

jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

Amanda Dominguez said...

My sister in-law has worked with autistic kids in the past. She has shared some wonderful stories about them. doucook@yahoo.com

Barbara Elsborg said...

The hard thing is that many autistic children aren't able to understand the love their parents have for them. I have a friend with a 29 year old son who tells his mother she doesn't love him. And she so does! Very hard.

Dee Little said...

Those statistics are amazing aren't they. I remember when my daughter was first diagnosed with autism and she started a lovely little pre school autism group. Out of the 8 children there, she was the only girl. Then when my son was diagnosed and started the same group a year later, there was only 1 girl there too out of 7 children.

Dee

Crissy Morris said...

I'm lucky to be one of those families. My second cousin, Kennadi, is autistic and so amazing. But the beauty that she has become is due to her amazing parent, Chris and Stacy. I stand in awe of them. In the beginning they took hits and jumped hurdles, but kept going...now Kennadi's outbursts are barely a blip on their radar. They have a system, they work together and so efficiently to calm her down. They are an amazing family unit. They are proud of their daughter. They've gone as far as to start what is called the Exceptional Abilities Pageant in Northern Arkansas to celebrate differences, disabilities, and uniqueness in kids who the world labels as not normal. It's quite an event.

maggie said...

I'm glad they are doing this blog hop it will help people understand a little about Autism.
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bn100 said...

Nice of you to support

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Dovile said...

Thank you for the chance!

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