LIFEWITHAUTISTICKID began with an old blue-lined school notebook and a flashlight, and a ball point pen scribbling in the middle of the night. It was journaling, a way for me to vent. I was struggling, life had dealt me a hard blow. I had been clobbered by this thing called autism. It was like I was knocked unconscious, then woke up and found myself in another universe; and so I had to write about it as it happened because if my story was fragmented or anecdotal then nobody would believe it.
As time went on I needed to shrug off the cloak of isolation that I was wearing. I needed to find somebody who could relate to my experiences. That is why I decided to put my scribblings into a readable form that could be shared. LIFEWITHAUTISTICKID was born! It is great to connect with people who share bits and pieces of my experiences. I am also amazed to learn how very different each and every life with an autistic child can be. That is because no two autistic kids are the same. I guess this goes for the families as well.
I have an ulterior motive for writing this blog. I want to see “autism awareness” grow into something more: autism understanding. I want you to feel the world from my shoes. Not just to wear the shoes, but to feel the life that they walk. I want you to live the challenges with me. Not because I want you to feel sorry for me. I do want you to appreciate what I have learned. But more importantly I want you to glimpse inside the mind of a person who is different, yet truly worthy and wonderful. The path to discovering my son was not easy. I want you to see my son as he really is: innocent, completely honest, without pretense and without any worldly cares. Inspirational. Too important to ignore. Maybe if there is autism understanding, there will be a world that cares enough to support those who are different by providing them with what they actually need, not what we think they need, or what we think we can get away with not spending.
I hope by sharing my journey with as many others as possible, that there will be positive change in the nature and extent of social, and educational supports available to people with autism in Ontario, and Canada, and beyond.