Like most kids, my son can hear the crinkle of a candy wrapper or the quiet clink of the cookie jar lid from two rooms away.
The difference for my child is that he is almost always wearing earplugs, and still his parents can rarely sneak a snack without his sudden appearance in the kitchen.When I explain my son’s sound sensitivity to children (and not a few adults), I often use a Superman analogy. Just as Superman has super-hearing, this boy can hear minute details that others miss, and he’s hearing these otherwise-undetectable noises all the time. My kid’s earplugs help to muffle the millions of sounds his brain is trying to process, but he can still hear everything.Read More
Yesterday, I read an article from journalist and autism advocate Liane Kupferberg Carter, writing on the Huffington Post. In “Autism Acceptance: Don’t Stop Believin’,” Carter describes how her autistic nineteen-year-old son had gradually transformed – from a little boy terrified of haircuts into a young man who asks for a trip to the barber often.
Her story resonated with me, because at 15, our son has already shown us, gradually and through much hard work, just what he can do when given the supports he needs to succeed.
Just as I was contemplating the importance of patience and belief, life presented an opportunity to test the theory that progress is always possible.
It began when my son asked to watch his Toy Story DVD for the five-millionth time (Thank you, Pixar, for creating brilliant animated films that don’t make me want to stab myself in the ear. You’ve got a friend in me.) Read More
In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly declared April 2 as “World Autism Awareness Day” to encourage all of its member states and the international community to heighten public awareness about autism. Supported by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which came into force the same year, the United Nations promotes a vision of universal human rights for all persons with disabilities and aims to “foster an inclusive and caring society for all and to ensure that all children and adults with autism can lead full and meaningful lives.”
The theme for World Autism Awareness Day 2015 is “Employment: The Autism Advantage.”
Today, the United Nations has launched a “Call to Action” encouraging business leaders and employers to make a commitment to offering employment opportunities to autistic people. You can download the PDF version of this Call to Action here.