March 30, 2012 by Marj Hatzell
April is Autism Awareness Month (and Sexual Health Awareness month, Child Abuse Prevention month and foot health awareness month). In my house, we’re aware of Autism 24/7/365.
There’s been a bit of hubbub the past few days with these things called numbers. And statistics. And you know what they say. There’s lies, damn lies and statistics.
Now, I’m not here to dispute that the numbers have changed or why or what it means. I’m not here to talk about whether or not I believe it’s an epidemic or a disease or a disorder. I’m also not elaborating on what causes it.
I’m here because my kids aren’t just numbers. There’s a child behind every single one of those 1 out of 88 or 1 out of 54 boys or whatever it is. Or 2 out of 5o something, in my case.
There’s a face behind those numbers.
So before you tell me how tragic my life is and what an epidemic and how badly I should feel, please know that THEY are my motivation. And believe me when I tell you we have many, many challenges. But we’re gonna be ok.