world autism awareness day 2011

Today is the day. The long-awaited and much hyped World Autism Awareness Day. Typically, I  would write a post in honor of this, the highest of holy days in the fight for our children (well, not counting the other 364 days of the year). I would agonize over finding the right words – searching for something meaningful, profound and, God-willing, inspiring to say.

But no matter what it might be to us, to my little girl, today is Saturday. And Saturday is the day that she’s been waiting for. Saturday is her Birthday Party Day. In a few hours, my girl will welcome her classmates into her house with a long-practiced script. She will cover her ears as we sing Happy Birthday as quietly as we can. Her Mama will cry as her baby girl blows out eight candles (plus one for good luck) on her cake. And Brooke will revel in her moment as the birthday girl.

So if you’re looking for inspiration, I’d ask you to read back through Diary, then click on the links in my blog roll. Find out who the people are behind the word.

Autism may be in the headlines for the day or even for the month, but it is in our lives every moment of the day, every day of the year. Neither one day nor one month will ever be enough to tell our story.

Our children need support in so very many ways (Click –> HERE <– to see a few). But until we have the attention – and the hearts – of those with the power to affect change that help will not come. Until we heal the divide in this community and begin to treat one another with the respect, tolerance and compassion that we demand from others, we will continue to spin our wheels and engender fear in the hearts of politicians who might otherwise offer that help. Until we put our egos and personal agendas aside, we will never be able to put our children’s needs first.

Today, I’m doing just that – putting my little girl’s needs first. And for today, that means getting the house ready for a party.



24 thoughts on “world autism awareness day 2011

  1. I hope Brooke has a wonderful Birthday Party day. Today we are walking with our 3 year old little girl, In honor of her, and every family affected by Autism. I am proud to say we raised $600 for POAC (Parents of Autistic Children). They offer free classes, events, support, and services to any one who needs and wants it, here in NJ. They run completely on donations and receive no funding. I am happy and proud to be a part of this. My daughter was just diagnosed in November. This is my first walk of many, I’m sure.

  2. wish Brooke and Kiki the happiest of birthdays from us here in Maryland ( and Dc where we will be celebrating World Autism Day in front of the White House this morning! )

    Dana and Jason Smith
    Cecilia ( our NT 3 yr old ) and
    Nelly and Audralia ( my Aspie 9 yr old and HER imaginary friend. )

  3. We’re proud to be with you today, not only for Brooke’s (and Kiki’s) special party day, but for World Autism Awareness Day 2011, as well. …and we left our blue lights on at home!

    Love you,

  4. Happy Birthday to your little girl. May her day be filled with happiness and peace. And a thank you to you for all that you do for all of us. May this day be a beautiful one for you, too.

  5. I hope that Brooke has a wonderful time at her party today and that you are able to actually enjoy her enjoying it. I did a post today on my blog and linked your Blog. I wrote that you are my hero Jess. You should know that to many of us… you really are. Hope you enjoy the day, you deserve it!

  6. Happy birthday to your daughter, I hope it went perfectly-perfect! Thank you for sharing such wonderful words with ‘us all’, I hope it’s okay, but I added you on my blogroll. Happy Saturday, happy AA day! Daleth

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