Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Let us not forget

Tomorrow is World Autism Day.
Let us not forget the real reason behind the first World Autism Day declared by the United Nations General Assembly, to raise awareness to the world, but especially the third world countries.

In modern society we take so much for granted. Life for C and I would be so different without what we call the basics such as a DVD player and Thomas the Tank Engine. Washing machines, microwaves, supermarkets. I don’t even give a second thought to what to some is a luxury like having water on tap, or light at the flick of a switch.

And no Internet! Doesn't bear thinking about!!
And the many battles I have fought, for what I have felt are Cs basic human rights.
How fortunate are we that these services are here for me to fight for. Many families in the third world do not even have basic education or health care, let alone special ed provision and speech therapy etc.
These thoughts are very humberling. For all of us.





57 comments:

Chris H said...

My kids HATE veges.... but I do not rub it in about all the poor kids who have NOTHING to eat.... my parents did that to me and it did not make one IOTA of difference... I still hate veges!

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Shocking pictures Casdok. A real eye opener.

CJ xx

Bettina said...

it's so easy to take the life of plenty and privilege that we have for granted................

Thank you for sharing these today.

DJ Kirkby said...

Another thought provoking post. Looking forward to what you have to say tomorrow though.

KC's Blog said...

Big Brother looked at the photos and said, "Mom we are so lucky to live here and have food."
Thank you for sharing the photos. We all need to reflect and appreciate what we have in this world.
Such a moving post, I love your blog.

Robin said...

A very powerful reminder.

Elissa - Managing Autism said...

This really hits the mark, Casdok!
Let us not forget how fortunate we are.
xx

Mima said...

What a wonderful reminder of exactly how lucky we are. It is something that I try and think about when I think that things are going badly - what situation would I be in if I lived in Africa for example. We are so lucky with our basics, and even luckier with the services that are there to help us when we get into difficulties. Thanks for the prompt to have a really good think about it.

Jen said...

Thanks for the reminder; sometimes it is too easy to forget.
And hats off to Thomas the Tank Engine!

buffalodickdy said...

It is easy to take some things for granted...Good to think about it once in awhile..

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Oh Casdok so frighteningly true. But with all our technology are we truly happy. We are not starving and have so much to be thankful for . . . but there is more.

Jen said...

That picture of the tied up little girl (and a similar one of a tied-up little boy on one of Angelina Jolie's trips to Africa at some point), haunt my dreams.

No matter how much we complain (often rightfully so) and fight to get the best services for our kids, we are so incredibly lucky to live where we do.

BenefitScroungingScum said...

We are so very lucky. BG x

vivavavoom said...

I guess Happy World Autism Day is wrong ;), so just thank you for reminding us of the awareness.

Betsy said...

Thanks for the great thoughts. We live in luxury and whine for more.

Odat said...

Yes, we do have to remember to be grateful for all the things we have.
Thanks for the reminder.
Peace

Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

I've been thinking a lot of taking things for granted lately. When it comes to our health, it is sometimes wonderful to take it for granted -- what a blessing! Yet, we can only think this way when we are in the world with our eyes open.

Thanks for this post and I'm holding my breath for what will be reported on TV during "World Autism Day." It's usually never good. Would be great to be able to promote the value of our kids, rather than implying their burden.

mutleythedog said...

Yes we should definitely count our blessings and we should share from our wealth as well...

Flea said...

I'm afraid to show these photos to my Little Guy (10). His heart is so tender. Okay, so I called him over to see it. How heartbreaking. Thank you.

titration said...

Woh. And thanks for the reminder that world Autism day is tomorrow because I have a non-profit website and I think I'll be able top feature it our our home page. :)

laughingwolf said...

exactly so...

on another note, have you heard of the child abandonments in kenya these days? just-borns, but of rape and/or incest... gruesome stats!

Sandpiper said...

This is such a good post, Casdok. Thought provoking, and one that makes me thankful for what I have, and ashamed for all of my stupid, minor complaints. :)

Marla said...

Very eye opening post. I can't imagine raising M with no medical help, no warm bed to sleep in, no choice of foods considering her eating issues and the list goes on. It is heart breaking to think about children suffering like you have shown.

Ellee Seymour said...

I shall be thinking of you and C.

Love, Ellee xx

Mrs. C said...

I've seen these images before and they get me every time. This awareness is so important to raise, too. Often we think of the behaviours associated with autism as sin -- which they can be, but at the same time we need to realize these folks have a MUCH harder time than the average bear and cut 'em a little slack.

How to help kids in third world countries, though, Casdok? How on earth, I wonder would these kids ever get a shot at life in those places?

the mother of this lot said...

I couldn't click on the pictures. I didn't want them to be any bigger.

I found this video on Amrita's blog:

http://yesugarden.blogspot.com/2008/03/they-are-not-poor-because-they-are-lazy.html

Melissa said...

Amen. Our wealth makes us cruel and callous to the suffering of others. And even, sometimes, our wealth makes us feel superior and we justify the poverty of others by saying they somehow deserve it...
I hope I never become so callous--and always always always bring up the plight of others to everyone else at every opportunity, no matter how uncomfortable it makes me.

Cyndi said...

Oh,that last picture really makes me steam...how could they do that to her?!!

Keyser Soze said...

Gratitude is the root of all happiness. Good for you!

CC said...

Thank you for these very real comparisons. Life could be so different for me and I should be so much more appreciative than I am.

On a different note, could it be okay for me to put a few of your side pics (acronyms for Autism, etc.) up on my blog for a post about Autism?

Casdok said...

cc - please help yourself!

Sandy C. said...

Those images are such a great reminder. A poignant post. I've included Autism awareness in my company's monthly newsletter sent to 10K moms. So glad you're blogging about it. Thank you.

J said...

Ah yes, there is always so much to be grateful for while living in a developed country. Thanks for the reminder. Can't imagine what it would be like raising a child with autism in a Third World location.

Susan said...

I sponsor a little girl in Indonesia. I often wonder, if someone in her village exhibited the same symptoms as Michael, what would happen?
Probably nothing.
We are so fortunate here. And you are right, third world countries are really suffering.

Holding It Together said...

Thank you for the reminder that it's not all about us.

Debs said...

Those pictures certainly make you think.

Melissa said...

Thank you so much for putting this post up - I got the chills reading it and it really made me take a moment to just think.

Motherhood for Dummies said...

oh gosh that last picture of the disabled girls is just horrible. So sad. My parents are living in India right now and over there they can treat girls not so good sometimes, espesally disabled ones. They have some sad stories

Jade said...

I am feeling particularly "low" today for some reason. I'm so happy that I decided to check in on you and your "world" it reminded me of the wonderful job I have, and that I have a beautiful 4 year old boy with autism just WAITING for Ms. Jenn to get to his house at 1:30 to work with him. He, and other clients of mine have changed my life forever and have added more substance and depth to it than I could have ever imagined.
His mom reminded me on Saturday that April was Autism awareness month, but I'm very glad that you re-reminded me today. ;-) thank you!

My best of energy and thoughts are with you and C today and this month!

QUASAR9 said...

Thee world is full of so much
The world is full of so much want

QUASAR9 said...

THere are moments in a day
Moments to jump for joy
moments to stop and look back
Moments to take our breath away
Moments when we are left without breath

In between we dance and play, we cry we stray, we laugh we joke and sometimes we even have a little poke. But at the end of the day the best we can do, is make the best of whatever comes our way.

ChainingMagic said...

This makes me feel grateful that we are able to take advantage of the services we have. Food thoughts for a day when I have hopeless feelings.

leslie said...

Excellent post - makes one think hard!

Dave Coulter said...

We have much to be thankful for, Casdok. Thanks for posting this up. :)

family affairs said...

Brilliant reminder of the imbalance that makes up our world. We need to do more. Thank you x

Bird said...

This one is so tough. My old church goes on missions to Honduras--which happens to be where my grandmother is from. On their last trip they went to the local hospital where heart patients are sent home to die and hydrocephalic babies wait sometimes years to die. My son has both of these issues and yet he is living a good life. Makes me so very sad that these opportunities for medical treatment aren't available everywhere.

Vi said...

If only we could all be so fortunate in the world.

E said...

Just being born here is such a blessing.
And with everything you do and cope with, that you always think outside yourelf is a wonderful reminder....Thanks

Dianne said...

I saw that you told cc it was OK to take stuff from the sidebar. I'm going to do the same.

Also - I plan to do a little post tomorrow about how much I learn from your blog and a few others - with links. I assume it's OK to link you - you have so much to say and you say it in such an eloquent manner.

And thank you for the reminder of how good I've got it! I came home from work in a pity party mood and then saw these pictures ...

Hugs to C and you.

Suburbia said...

Often we forget to be greatful for how much we have. The pictures provide so much food for thought.

Ron said...

Much thanks for the reminder about World Autism Day, Casdok.

And more much thanks for the "humberling" reminder of gratitude. These photos speak volumes!

Love to you and C!

Eileen said...

Casdok,
Thank you for the reminder and for this very, very excellent post. Point very well taken, goes right to my heart. We have so very much to be thankful for, to appreciate and yet we so often take it for granted.
I will be keeping you and C in my thoughts tomorrow and close to my heart.
XOXOXO

whimsical brainpan said...

Wonderful post!

Angela said...

Yes we are very lucky people

PS
I gave you something

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

I'm so thankful my son is living where he is, in the time he is. I don't like to think about what would have happened to him in a different place or time.

Kahless said...

But for where we are born.
It is not right.
Thank-you for sharing these photo's.

baby~amore' said...

It does put things in perspective. Coincidently I was reading this in my old emails today ... but I didn't have the last picture. Incredibly sad.