On top of this we gained many new members for the Autism One on One group from all over the UK which was equally as exciting. The quest to offer a group where people on the spectrum, parents, carers or just people who want to gain a better understanding of the condition, can come together on line and at meetings to share and gain support is starting to be realised in a bigger way. Hopefully, eventually, we can start support groups all over the country run by volunteers in different areas.
I’m so proud of my beautiful children
From the volume of emails I received yesterday the need for support is extraordinary and totally lacking. I understand the strain the NHS is under financially but surely support groups in every area wouldn’t be incredibly expensive and would be able to reach so many people and help them with only one evenings input per month? Much more cost effective and potentially more useful than one on one clinic appointments for some.
Maybe if the word of the book spreads, more and more people will have the opportunity to know they’re not alone and hear of Autism One on One. We’re small now but from tiny acorns, huge Oak trees really do grow! Wouldn’t it be great if people knew they had somewhere to ask advice, offer strategies that have worked for them and generally have a place where acceptance is top of the list?
I have a dream, in the words of the amazing Martin Luther King and I will pursue it until the word autism is accepted as just being a brain that is differently (and sometimes more efficiently!) wired than us, so called, neurotypicals. They have to live according to our rules at the moment which is immensely stressful for them, let’s work at it until they achieve the right to just be themselves and accepted for who they are, amazing and wonderful people who have an enormous amount to offer.
I’ve just read a piece on Facebook talking about ‘treatment’ for autism? Most autistic people don’t feel they need ‘treatment’ just the right to be themselves and live the life they choose. There is no cure and my children are emphatic that if there was they wouldn’t want it. I wouldn’t change them either, I know it was tough when they were little (and it WAS tough) but with the right input they can thrive. My children are testament to that and I have the proof. As little ones they were very difficult and I have many videos of them as small children showing their behaviour, but look at them now! I didn’t think they would ever be able to live independent lives but they’re mostly thriving and chasing their dreams
I’m so proud of my children, they are living proof of what a child with autism can go on to become, someone wonderful. Long live the ‘differently wired’!