Celebrating Moms

This month's Community Connections is all about celebrating moms and sharing experiences. We heard from hundreds of mothers across the country who shared their most memorable and heartfelt experiences with their children with autism – from hearing their child say “I love you, Mom” when they never thought they would, to a young man's move into independent living. We hope you find these stories inspiring and that they connect you with the true meaning of this celebration. Happy Mother's Day from Autism Speaks!

Topic of the Week: Messages for Moms

The Topic of the Week on the Autism Speaks blog this week asked mothers to share positive messages and words of wisdom with other moms of children with autism. There were many thoughtful, encouraging and inspiring responses throughout the week. Here is a great one from Shawn:

"My wisdom is this: It doesn't matter what the outside world is saying or thinking, you are your child's safety and support. Every day is a blessing. Sometimes just getting up and trying again is the strength that you both need. One of my favorite quotes is: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying 'I will try again tomorrow.'" Our kids are so brave, as are we. Love and laugh together. These amazing kids of ours are so pure and raw. It makes us look at ourselves and others in a different way. Much love my autism family!"

Read more messages from moms here!


Marianne's Mother's Day Blog

Marianne Sullivan is the Assistant Director of National Outreach and Resources at Autism Speaks, and the mother of Hunter, an 18-year-old young man with autism. Click here to read a blog post from Marianne titled A Very Special Mother's Day Gift: Independent Living for My Son, Hunter.

We invited mothers of children with autism to share with us their most memorable experiences of this past year. These are the moments that help fill our hearts with hope and love on Mother's Day and every day. Here is an excerpt from one of the moms who responded:

"After five years of waiting to hear the most wonderful word a mother could ever want to hear, my son finally called me "Mom". And, it wasn't an accident. He looked directly at me and said "Mom." I jumped up and said, "did you say Mom?" He then repeated it again. That was the best sound I had ever heard. With the tears flowing, I gave him the biggest hug ever. He made all of the struggles we had faced together so worthwhile--he had finally called me Mom!!"

Click here to read the most memorable experiences of the five mothers who will receive an Autism Speaks baseball cap and a $25 Amazon gift card.

Click here to read all of the stories we heard from moms!

Resources for Moms

Mother's Day: Autistic 12-Year-Old Interviews His Mom About What It's Like To Raise Him
A StoryCorps video from The Huffington Post

A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism
HBO Documentary that charts the journey of a mother searching to unlock her autistic son's mind.

A Mother's Day Social Story

Books

The Autism Mom's Survival Guide (for Dad's too!): Creating A Balanced and Happy Life While Raising a Child with Autism
by Susan Senator

More Than A Mom: Living A Full and Balanced Life WHen Your Child Has Special Needs
by Amy Baskin and Heather Fawcett

A Mother's Song: Helpful Tips for Raising A Child with Autism
by Lerrlyn Nelson


Blogs and Websites

Mom's Fighting Autism

Mom Embracing Autism

Happy Mother's Day from Autism Speaks!