"For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. To do so, the ability to make and keep friends is a must. Amongst those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society needs to create for them," – Bill Wong, Autistic Occupational Therapist
Today we want to share with you more stories of life with autism. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do!
Meg is a mother of two. She spoke ever so eloquently when she described her family. "We have two beautiful daughters — our 13-year-old Emma is utterly fabulous, she's compassionate, generous, loving, creative who for the life of her can't remember where she put ... well, anything. Her 12-year-old sister is called Emily – she's a talented, affectionate, hilarious, seventh grader with autism.”
Meg is grateful to her daughters for unwittingly breaking her ‘insular world' and letting her out into the wide-open real world.
She said her two little girls allowed her, maybe even forced her to see the beauty of difference and open her eyes to the light and color and the "startling depth of dimension in the full range of the human spectrum."
She is grateful and thankful to them and God for giving her a well-lived life, thanks to the variety and the quality of the people in it. She says "I owe Emily — and autism — more than I can ever begin to repay."
Beatrice had a genuinely refreshing approach to autism.
She talked about her varied experiences – awe, anger, anxiety, ranting and rejoicing. She feels it's a celebration of that which makes life unique and a quest to find meaning and humor in the midst of this beautifully chaotic world.
She wants to provide inspiration and lots of support to people like herself. She mentions her life as a place for “autism acceptance, special needs & disability advocacy, and so much more.”
There was this one lady in particular who our volunteers interviewed, and her story saw a few eyes fill up.
This woman was Jenny, a happy mother of one, who said "My girl laughed yesterday. I don't have a video of it. My autistic girl who rarely smiles and interact with others – because of cruelty and the nature of her disability – laughed with other kids. She is a child who has need of friendship, shared interests, fun, and laughter like every other child— but who is plagued by sensory overload and a lack of awareness and acceptance – laughing with the other kids. She giggled and even snorted.”
We need to be grateful to these children for their teachings and the EXTRAORDINARY GIFT that many of us don't even think about.
We change, we enjoy their novel ideas instead of thinking about what they aren't. We let the spirit flow between us; that is what makes genuine laughter possible. Laughter turns into JOY!
As for us here at Different Not Less, we will keep our promise and our endeavor to make life easy for all people with special needs. A note of thanks or just a smile makes the whole journey worth it – and more – for us.
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