The month of April is coming to an end. We have all written, read, commented, tweeted, Facebooked, talked with others, educated, and questioned the challenges around Autism. We have done this here, on other sites, for magazines, neighbors, family members, truly wherever we go. Because Autism Awareness, truly Autism Understanding and Acceptance, doesn’t end with the closing of the United States recognized designation of the month of April for Autism Awareness.
Autism Understanding and Acceptance is something we each take with us wherever we go. Autism is a part of us, our family, our children, maybe our friends, family or community. It never leaves us. We live it.
And quite frankly, Autism is hard. The challenges are more than many of us can express in a mere 500 words or less. Possibly all the time in the world, all the words in the world would lend us ill suited to describe to another unaffected individual what a diagnosis of Autism is. Autism…a Spectrum Disorder, is so varied. So dissimilar and so similar all at the same time. I know not of many other things that could be described as such.
And every time I say Autism is hard, I hear ringing in the echos of my mind, my thoughts, tingling on the edges of my soul…if I think it’s hard for me, it’s harder for him.
Which is why, for the end of the All About Autism Series we’re celebrating. No statistics. No serious, what do you do when the ignorant folk behind you whisper nasty comments and leak childish giggles when your child struggles so…all while you just try to fill your panties with the gluten, casein, soy, egg, peanut free items your little love needs.
No, this is a celebration. Of our children, of our unity, of ourselves. Fun. A way to let go, let loose the binds of the seriousness that is Autism and just have fun…and win stuff.
Yep…win stuff. What!?!? You didn’t think these magnificent sponsors (above) only donated the items designated for giveaways for 4 weeks of the All About Autism Series…did you? Oh no, there’s more. A LOT MORE…AND SOME SURPRISES TOO!
The celebration is scheduled for Sunday, Mat 1st at 7:00pm Mountain Standard Time to 8:30 pm MST and is to be hosted by myself and Caryn Haluska of Living With Logan. All you have to do is RSVP below, follow myself (@Special_Happens) and Caryn (@iHave7Monsters), be sure to use the hashtag #AAAutism (so we don’t miss your tweet) and please, follow others who RSVP… why not expand your support network!
Then show up at party time and be prepared to laugh, share and win prizes just for showing up. Get there early, say hello and giveaway questions will start promptly at 7:30 pm. There are 10 (or more) prize PACKS and a GRAND PRIZE all scheduled to be given away within the hour between 7:30 – 8:30 pm! So, RSVP below and pass the word along. The more, the merrier!
See you there!
(Note: Pacific time = 6:00 pm, Mountain = 7:00pm, Eastern = 9:00pm)
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