My name is Kelly and I have a 5 year old Grace. She has Autism Spectrum Disorder. Do you know what that is? In short people with Autism Spectrum Disorder see the world differently and process things like external environment differently. I am writing to tell you that I am tired of accommodating you and your feelings to our situation. I am tired of people shaking their head at my child on line at staples because she is scripting or having what you would label a "temper tantrum". It is actually called a meltdown. I am tired of staff members at a store reprimanding my daughter for something she can not control. I am tired that bringing my daughter into a store is stressful enough and YOU add onto it. The Autism Community is tired of it all. How is it that millions of people can have a face book account and access the Internet from their cell phones but have no clue what Autism is, or have no care to. In this day in age there are no excuses for not educating yourself. The ignorance has to stop and the acceptance has to start. Us ASD parents have accommodated your feelings and opinions for so long. As humans we are naturally able to accommodate, so let us into your world. I am tired of this universal isolation we all feel. Like it or not, it is our Autistic kids' society too, and they have just as much right to be on line at Staples as you do. For a child to have a disability it does not always have to be blatantly in front of your face. Educate yourselves. Instead of reading what Kim Kardashian had for breakfast, Google Autism.
So the next time you see the 5 year old screaming and throwing things at a very tired Mom, before you go to judge say to yourself hey MAYBE that child has Autism Spectrum Disorder. When you see a child running away from their dad or is spinning in circles waiting on line, hmm MAYBE it is Autism? Saying something negative or reprimanding the child, you may think you are helping but you are not. You actually add stress to the situation, even if you think the child is endangering themselves, WE GOT IT, we can handle it. We do this everyday all day. Just smile and keep it moving. It is time for you to accommodate us. It is time for you to understand and accept what we go through on a daily basis. So wake up and read some facts. Autism is growing in numbers every year, so it is the time for awareness to grow.
Truth is I am just so tired of it all.
A tired mom of Autism
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