World Autism Day


The month of April is Autism Awareness Month.  April 2nd is World Autism Day.  In honor of the day, John LeSieur and the people at People CD put together a video called “I Love Someone With Autism 2011”.  People were able to submit photos of the autistic loved ones (or of themselves if they are autistic).

These photos paired with autism stats and facts and highlighted autistic individuals makes for an awesome experience.  I have to admit that I teared up a couple of times while watching it.  (I suggest that the video be watched full screen in HD!)

I did submit Taylor’s photo for the video!  Her photo appears at the 18:18 mark.  The video runs about 27 minutes, but it is so worth it!


Happy World Autism Day!

The Day is Upon Us

Taylor’s surgery is today. 

She is having a hernia repaired. 

A hernia that has probably been there all her life but wasn’t noticed at all until February. 

They tell me it doesn’t bother her, but I think they’re wrong.

She has a heightened sensitivity to everything due to her autism.

They tell me that this is a “routine surgery”.

Nothing about Taylor has ever been routine.

I will be very happy once this surgery is over.

To say that I am scared is an understatement.

I am still debating on wether or not to bring my camera.

Is it appropriate?

This is not exactly a birthday party or a day at the park.

I have documented so much of her life in photos…

Is this an event I should document?

I guess I’d better make my decision soon.


Think about her, about us, will you?




I will most likely be twittering (and facebooking) updates throughout the morning.

You can follow my tweets here. 

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Today is World Autism Awareness Day!


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World Autism Awareness Day

April 1, 2009, 5:28pm

To encourage all member states to take measures to raise awareness of autism in society, the United Nations General Assembly supported a campaign to promote early diagnosis and intervention on autism and set April 2 of each year as World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism or Autistic Syndrome Disorder is a development disorder that affects the way a person communicates with and relates to people around him. It is usually first noticed when a child reaches the age of three and is basically identified by three areas of difficulty for the autistic person: Social relationships and communications, imagination and planning, and repetitive behaviors.

Some people with autism may never learn to talk. They engage in repetitive movements. They have a reduced sensitivity to pain but are abnormally sensitive to sound, touch, and other sensory stimulation. Some speak in a sing-song voice on topics, with little regard for the interests of the person to whom they are speaking. The autistic person may appear aloof and indifferent to those around him. He may be sociable with one person but may not be able to function in a group.

The cause of autism is not known and last throughout a person’s lifetime. Recent studies, however, strongly suggest that some have a genetic predisposition to autism. Researchers are looking for clues about genes that contribute to this increased susceptibility. Evidence also suggests that some emotional disorders such as manic depression occur more frequently than average in the families of people with autism. There is no cure but treatment can help. Treatments can include behavior and communication therapies and medicines to control symptoms. There are many strategies for helping an autistic child or person but the best ones are based on understanding the individual.

World Autism Awareness Day expresses deep concern for the prevalence and high rate of autism in children, the consequent developmental challenges it brings, and highlights autism as a growing global health crisis. The day also celebrates the unique skills and talents of people with autism. By bringing together all autism organizations worldwide on this day, we can give a voice to the millions of individuals who are undiagnosed, misunderstood, and looking for help.

Let us join together in our efforts to empower and respond to the needs of the autistic, and inspire compassion, inclusion, and hope vital to their cause.

This article on Autism Awareness Day is courtesy of  Manilla Bulletin Publishing Corporation.

Facts and Statistics

  • 1 in 150 births
  • 1 to 1.5 million Americans
  • Fastest-growing developmental disability
  • 10 – 17 % annual growth
  • $90 billion annual cost
  • 90% of costs are in adult services
  • Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention
  • In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion

Autism Statistics courtesy of the Autism Society of America.



Video courtesy of Autism Speaks.

Please take the the time to learn a little about autism today.   Awareness is the key to finding the answers we are looking for!

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I ♥ Faces Week 3



This week’s theme is: JOY.


Taylor paying in the snow.

I was really surprised at how much fun she had outdoors that day…her autism plays a big role in what is fun to her.  A lot of things that are fun for other children aren’t fun for her.  It was nice to know that all of my children were having fun, not just Aaron and Emma.

Check out I ♥ Faces to see more entries.

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Photostory Friday: Taylor’s Artwork

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek

A few weeks back I mentioned the fact that Taylor was moving to a new classroom at school.  At first we thought it wouldn’t be until after Christmas break, but after a few “trial runs” in the new class she was ready for it, so it was decided to move her early.

This class is a lot different than her old one.  This class is basically a pre-k class, where her other class was more like one on one preschool, so she’s doing a lot more age appropriate activities now…which brings us to her artwork!




These beautiful pieces of art came home with her this week.  Her very first school art projects.

She has come a long way in three years.

Three years ago, she paid no attention to anything around her.  She was oblivious to the world.  She could not walk (at 2 1/2!) and had severe learning delays.

Now, she is a totally different child.  She can communicate, she’s walking, she pays attention to the world around her.  She still has the delays, but she has progressed in leaps and bounds.

And now she’s bringing home art that she (mostly) made. 

I am one proud mama.