April 2nd of every year is Autism Awareness Day, and the seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. I'm pleased to take part in RJ Scott's Autism Blog Hop.
Autism Fact: The UN declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) in 2008.
Many of you know that I work as a Special Ed teacher, but not everyone knows that my daughter (now 9 years old) has Asperger's syndrome. Even fewer people know that my husband has it too.
Living with someone who is categorized as “special needs” is challenging, no doubt about it. Both my husband and my daughter still take things literally, which sometimes results in confusing conversations, but by now we're good at untangling misunderstandings quickly and we always laugh about them. Then there's also the fact that both of them still look to me for cues when we're in new social situations, or if there are a lot of unknown people around us. I admit that it irked me years ago because it was exhausting to keep the conversation flowing while still cuing both of them in, and let's not forget that our son is the complete opposite. He's a natural charmer who picks up on subtle signs, etc. very easily.
On the other hand, my husband and my daughter are both highly intelligent (frighteningly so, sometimes), very determined, and absolutely open-minded. Let's take for example the fact that I write gay fiction. Before I told my husband about it, I worried—because I'd heard horror stories from other women. It was stupid of me to be concerned because my husband just smiled at me and told me how happy he was that I was so excited about it. He always has my back, and even helps me with the plots sometimes.
My daughter is a fighter. Even when she's afraid of new situations, she still puts herself in them because “it has to be done”. Although life is certainly harder for them, they welcome it with open arms. My son adores his sister, and still drops everything as soon as she tells him she's got time to play with him. They all are a great source of inspiration for me.
For the Autism blog hop I am giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. If you'd rather receive one of my books, that's fine too. The contest will run till April 15th and random.org will pick the winner. All you need to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address on this post to be entered.
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