There. Now don't you feel more aware and educated about autism? What? What's that you say? The color blue does not automatically educate and enlighten you about autism? Autism will still exist on the 3rd day of August? Amazing. Guess what? Logan will still be my son on the 3rd of August, and he will still have autism, so I'm thinking we're good to go.
There is more than one parent of an autistic child in Bloggy Land that has not embraced the thought of blue clothing, light bulbs, twibbons, and other profile changes for this month. I understand why, completely. It's not just about April for us. I've contributed a piece to an Autism Series this month, and I am all about awareness and education. But I think that should happen ALL. THE. TIME... not just in April. And people? Being aware is not enough.
We beg, plead, cry, fight, travel, research, and pray for our children so they will have every opportunity to receive the therapies and accommodations they need so desperately. We pay and pay and PAY, and borrow, and go into debt, because these are our children, and even if the money runs out, they still need these crucial therapies and accommodations.
We go without sleep. We prepare for IEP meetings, early intervention meetings, medical specialist consultations, and team meetings. We are advocating for our children 365 days a year. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice idea. But I don't need to wear blue to be aware this month, or any other month, of autism.
And, one more thing. I'm old. Remember Kmart back in the day, with the Slurpees and the popcorn and the flashing blue light specials? Yeah. My child will NEVER be a blue light special. I appreciate what Autism Speaks is trying to accomplish. I truly, TRULY do. But the Monster House doesn't need to use a color to become aware and educated. We just need to love Logan.