April Showers: Autism and Military Awareness Abound

[Would I Lie to You by Eurythmics]

 

April is the Month of the Military Child

AND

Autism Awareness Month

 

 1 in 88 military kids have autism.

 

So it seems very appropriate that these two awareness campaigns would coincide.

 

[Editor’s note: Before I continue with my speech on why these issues are so important – If you have not done so – PLEASE – show your support for our military families by leaving a comment on my letter to The President.  Scroll down to the bottom and ‘Leave A Reply’. THANK YOU.] 

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What’s the big deal about autism anyways?

What does that matter to me?

Well, here’s a primer:

  • 1 in 110 US kids and 1 in 88 US military kids have autism NOW.
  • If you were on the front lines in Afghanistan or perhaps dropped into Libya tomorrow, do YOU want the guy backing you up worried about his kid back home with autism who isn’t getting the services or support he or she needs?
  • If you cannot accept responsibilty for understanding, accepting and supporting these kids and families – then you ultimately are missing out on knowing some of the most incredibly brilliant and loving and unique individuals.  You also miss out on the most amazing things you could learn from being friends with one of these awesome Rock Stars.  Seriously.  Your loss.  Not to mention, their parents are some of the most fiercely passionate and articulate individuals you will ever meet. 
  • If you do not pass awareness down to your own children then your kids will miss out on experiencing what it’s REALLY like to run with the cool crowd. 
  • And last I checked, kids grow up and get older. 
  • If we do not invest in the support these kids need NOW to help them grow up and contribute meaningfully to society – you and I will pay BILLIONS more to care for them down the road. That was BILLIONS with a ‘B’. 
  • The numbers just don’t lie.  Every 20 minutes a newbie joins the autism club, and let me tell you – you are going to become ‘aware’ eventually. 
  • Aspergerians will eventually corner the technology market and you just might be asking one of them for a job someday – or ironically, asking them for help with your social networking tools. 
  • Not to be flippant – but really? Our kids with autism are someday going to rule the world with their creative and mathimatical brilliance, and their lack of getting caught up in your BS. 

Get on board and enjoy the ride instead of missing the train and paying the price.

 LIGHT IT UP BLUE and spread the word, My Friends.

[Editor’s note: I will be highlighting a number of military-specific topics in relation to autisn during the month of April, so please keep an eye out!]

About Rachel Kenyon

Rachel Kenyon is an Aspie, Advocate and single mom of two beautiful babes - The Boy (11) and RM (8). The Boy is a Legomaniac and RM is a kick-ass diva with Autism and 4q Deletion Syndrome. View all posts by Rachel Kenyon

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