Five inspiring stories you may have missed in 2020
Reread some of our most inspiring blogs of the year
December 23, 2020
'Autism is one word attempting to describe millions of different stories'
"This quote had a significant impact on me for many reasons but most importantly because it highlights the importance of discussing the spectrum of autism. Everyday I still encounter people who see autism as a one-size-fits-all and that couldn't be farther from the truth. There are people such as myself who after overcoming many obstacles have full-time jobs today but there are also going to be in our autism community who are going to need 24/7 lifetime care."
The moment I realized my son's progress towards independence
"Yeah, it’s two butter knives, so what right? But for those of you who get it, you know these aren’t just any two knives from just any cutlery set. They represent so much more than a mayonnaise spreader."
In our own words: creating new holiday traditions and adapting the season to fit your needs
"This holiday season I got an unusual gift for the holidays – the lack of social obligations due to COVID-19. No parties, no crowds, little in-person shopping, no travel, no uncomfortable clothing and no office gift exchanges or potlucks. This once-in-a-lifetime event has shown me how much I mask or hide my autism over the holidays."
My son may be different, but we're all different
"What many people don’t realize, though, is that we’re also lucky to have him. Lucas is unlike anyone I ever met in my life. His intentions are always pure and his love is always real. He’s not duplicitous or rude. He’s never mean or selfish. He’s the only person I’ve ever known who doesn’t have the slightest hint of an ego.That’s not to say that every person with autism is like that, but my person is."
I 'hope for happy' in my autistic son's future
"None of us knows what the future holds for our kids, or for us. But it is so important to keep the 'hope for happy' alive.."