Let’s Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month!

April is Autism Acceptance month, and now– as always– acceptance (not “cure,” fear, burden, puzzle pieces, or “light it up blue”) is the message I’ll promote in my Parents.com blogs and elsewhere.

To that end, I had 2 blogs publish yesterday:

In the first,“This is What Autism Acceptance looks like: 21 Kids from Around the World,” I talked to families from all over the world, and parents and autistic kids shared positive messages about autism.

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From the post:
“April is Autism Awareness Month, now more commonly being called Autism Acceptance Month, when those with the disorder and their families and friends promote inclusion and work to change the dialogue from one of fear and pity to that of support and empowerment. Here are the stories of 21 autistic kids from around the world who might shift your perspective.”

Click here to read the full post at Parents.com

I also wrote about Rhema, a non-verbal autistic girl who uses RPM to communicate. I love this video of her telling her mom what she prays for, and it was lovely to talk with her mom about RPM and how Rhema’s “exceeding expectations” (in her own words).

From the post, “See this Non-Verbal Autistic Girl Tell Her Mother What She Prays For”:

“Autism acceptance begins by listening to autistic people. This is especially true with non-verbal autistic kids, since, for too long, it’s been assumed that non-verbal kids aren’t taking in what they hear, not learning, don’t want to communicate, and don’t have much to say. That assumption is utterly wrong— as non-verbal autistic bloggers Philip and Emma have shown and as I’ve seen in my own son, a non-verbal 7-year-old who, like Philip and Emma, uses theRapid Prompting method (RPM) to tell us his thoughts, wants, and feelings. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Rhema, another amazing non-verbal autistic child who’s using RPM to express herself.

Rhema’s mom, Jeneil, has been writing about her for many years on the blog Rhema’s Hope, and I caught up with her via email after I saw this beautiful video of Rhema using RPM to tell her mom what she prays for. Watch it—it will change the way you see autism forever.”

Read the full post at Parents.com