Guest Author - Bonnie Sayers
I recently wrote about the Autism Awareness Night that will be taking place at the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. The other day I received an email about a similar event for the Philadelphia Zoo. I also recall reading the past few years of Autism Awareness Nights at various ball clubs across the country.
As the single parent to two children on the Autism Spectrum we cannot attend such events as it would not be of interest to Matthew and most likely embarassing for Nicholas.
I am curious though as to how these Autism Awareness events help raise awareness to those attending the activity. Do they allow a percentage of those on the Autism Spectrum to enter free or at a specially reduced price? Are there pamphlets or booklets handed out to each attendee of the event on autism so they can learn what exactly Autism Spectrum Disorders is and who is affected?
Is there a tally for the community as to the money raised through the Autism Awareness event showing where the money goes? Who determines which research project gets funded? Is the actual autism community benefiting today from having an Autism Awareness event?
Is there an opportunity for a speaker to explain something about the subject of Autism, a table of brochures and pamphlets that speak to the general public on living with autism, parenting someone on the Spectrum and the struggles the family goes through and the triumphs they achieve.
I would hope that the public or media relations of such events would utilize the opportunity to help raise awareness to the community at large and note those attending who are on the Spectrum and print out websites for people to gain further information and knowledge.
While it is great to try to raise funds through various avenues for furthering research into the causes of Autism, there are families trying to live in the present moment and would like help in gaining respect in their local communities instead of stares and glares.
Most of the functions in the Los Angeles area are costly for a parent in my predicament. There is a whole other class of people who are not really learning about Autism Awareness and they need to be addressed at their level with actual awareness showcasing families living with autism on a daily basis.
April is Autism Awareness Month - the time to prepare for spotlighting Spectrum living is in the present and focusing on those dealing with it the best way they can.
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