Wednesday, 2 April 2008
Did you know that it is estimated that autism affects 1 in 160 Australian Children.
Did you know that about one child (in this country alone) is diagnosed with autsim every hour?
Did you know that there are more than 30000 Australian families currently directly affected by autism?
Mine is one of them.
Alexander on his last day in the E.C.D.C, with his teacher, Caryn.
I know you're all probably well aware (or completely over hearing), Alexander is autistic. Now his autism is pretty mild, compared to many that I know. He's just been graduated up to full time Prep, and is no longer registered with the ECDU.
He's doing fabulously, and at this point, things are cruising along pretty well.
But this is rarely the case with autism. In fact, I sometimes feel like a bit of a fraud. We've found great ways to manage his issues, we know his triggers and have had wonderful success with the work we've done with him. We're the lucky ones.
Many have such a difficult time. A difficult time at home. A difficult time getting a diagnosis. A difficult time getting, and paying for treatments and early intervention.
It simply should not be this way. Yesterday was World Autism Day. April is World Autism Month. Over the coming weeks, I am going to be speaking about this issue quite a bit. But I don't want it to just be from our perspective, though of course, there will be plenty of that as well. I'm going to try to get some other people, dealing with autism (different severities, different circumstances) to do guest posts on here.
I want my readers (and me, theres' so much for me to learn as well from these amazing parents, and their beautiful children) to learn more about autism. To learn more about what is needed.
In the meantime. Can you do me a favour, dear readers? Can you do something small, to make an enormous different in the lives of these families?
Can you go to this page? Please read this, and if you feel you can, register your support for this program. It would mean so much to me, and to so many families. It'll just take a moment.
Pics from today, with Scruffy, his class project. More about that later.
Scruffy and Alexander, sitting at his desk.
Playing guitar for Scruffy.
Playing Thomas with Scruffy.