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Why I Walk: To help society understand children with autism

This guest post is by Alyssa Anadon, a stay at home mom working on her Special Education Credential. She blogs about her son Grayson at Sunshine Through the Spectrum. Alyssa will be walking for Autism Speaks at our Orange County Walk this year for her walk team Love You to Pieces. You can make a donation to Alyssa’s walk team hereWhy do you walk for Autism Speaks? Email us at iwalkfor@gmail.com and you could be featured on our website! See if there is a walk coming to our area at autismspeakswalk.org.

My 2-year-old son was recently diagnosed with autism. He stopped talking altogether at 18 months but I kept thinking, “There is no way my son could have autism.” It was always one of my biggest fears. But there it was, through many professionals I was told, its autism…

It would be so easy for me to say that I walk for him, kids like him, or parents like me. But as strange as it sounds, I walk for the people who don’t understand.

The ones who give us dirty looks in public.

The ones who think we just need to discipline our kids better.

The ones who sigh of relief when we leave the room.

The ones who groan as our children throw themselves on the floor.

The ones who don’t recognize.

I walk for them. In the hopes that someday we have enough research and answers for true AWARENESS. It isn’t their faults. We have all been there. As much as those looks affect us as parents, it tends to make me more sad for them. That they don’t understand why my son, and many other children, act like this when they walk into a store. The noises, the lights, the movements, they can’t handle it like we can. It makes me sad that they don’t know those who have been diagnosed because in my experience, they are the most kindhearted and carefree individuals. To know them is to love them.

So this year, on my first Autism Speaks Walk, I walk for those who don’t understand, in hopes that someday they do.

Why do you walk for Autism Speaks? Email us at iwalkfor@gmail.com and you could be featured on our website! See if there is a walk coming to our area at autismspeakswalk.org.

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