|My cousin and I at the 2011 Autism Speaks Walk|
in Westfield, MA
It is a cause that is very close to my heart and I'm trying to get more involved in supporting autism research and raising money and awareness for Autism Speaks. I won't share my personal story in detail here since the person in my life effected by autism is going through a phase where he wants to keep that part of his life to himself--not something I totally agree with, since he is SUCH an inspiration and I love him dearly and think his story could help other people in the same situation--but know this: the sooner your child is diagnosed with autism, the sooner you can begin to help him or her lead a normal life. The person in my life was diagnosed at age 6, and though he is lucky to be very high functioning, who knows where he'd be today if he didn't get the necessary help. Thanks to teachers, therapists, one-on-one aides, and the parents he was able to overcome this disorder and soon he will be graduating college on time with his peers.
|At the Autism Speaks walk, showing my tattoo.|
(the traditional Autism puzzle piece is different, I know, but
I wanted mine to be unique)
And, just like Cinco De Mayo and St. Patrick's Day and every other holiday/event I try to commemorate on here... it totally slipped my mind until this morning. I even forgot to wear blue!--so I colored in my puzzle piece tattoo in blue just to make sure I had something. So instead of a blue ombre cake (I am DYING to make an ombre cake!), or blue cupcakes or scrambled eggs or something else I could scrape together and throw food coloring into to "light up blue" my blog, I decided to just make this little post.
Be educated, be aware, support the cause.
- Autism Speaks
- Autism Speaks Facebook Page
- World Autism Awareness Day Facebook Page
- Associated Press Article: As more autism reported, doctors say check early