Wednesday, 2 April 2008

World Autism Day

For me this stands for the same as world peace. (I don’t want much do I!?!) Peace has to start with understanding, tolerance and acceptance of others.
An understanding we are all different, we all have quirks, we all have different needs and we all want to be accepted.
So my wish for world autism day is that people be more patient and understanding of each other.

I think C would wish us to view his autism as a different ability rather than a disability. He is a person first.

What would your wish be?

I saw this over at Whose Planet Is It Anyway?

'I could tell you so much more, but instead let me share one last insight. Don't pity me or try to cure or change me. If you could live in my head for just one day, you might weep at how much beauty I perceive in the world with my exquisite senses. I would not trade one small bit of that beauty, as overwhelming and powerful as it can be, for "normalcy.'

For more see here.

63 comments:

Chris H said...

Asking for acceptance/tolerance from everyone... of all people who are deemed 'different'.... a HUGE ask... and maybe impossible? Sometimes it is very hard to understand and accept something that you have no personal experience and understanding of... SO on the flip side, WE have to learn to accept and understand that not all people CAN see where we/you are coming from? I don't know how you feel about that, cos it means you have to accept that not all people will be understanding and tolerant or have empathy and not condem them for that. This comment may not may sense, but I just wanted to say ... try and care about everyone, no matter what.

Vi said...

Wow, that insight is beautiful. And I adore the fountain!

Sweet Irene said...

"Don't pity me or try to cure or change me." - I am bipolar and those are the words I would like to say to just about everyone I know.

MOTHER OF MANY said...

I know I sound like a Beauty Queen(Oh I wish!)but world peace, an end to hunger,health care for all and of course as you so profoundly put it , acceptance of others.
I do love your blog.

Kelley said...

My wish for today is tolerance. For my Boo and for me for the people that don't understand.

And sleep. That would be good ;)

A Bishops Wife said...

Tolerance and acceptance is what I would love to have.
Some understanding too please.
A little civility on the side and a dash of pleasentness with a pinch of manners.
Oh, and could you make that without lables.

DJ Kirkby said...

Oh I loved the article written by that CNN manager, she wrote what I feel. I wish so much that I could 'come out Asperger' at work but I am too scared to.

Elissa said...

Wow! What an insight.
And we're with you 100% on your version of world peace!
xx

Rosie said...

Heres to a world where difference is celebrated and valued! I would like to live there...

vivavavoom said...

beautiful. I know you are lucky to have C, but he is also very lucky to have you!!

the mother of this lot said...

Well I think I'd go with what The Big Guy said - 'Love one another as I have loved you', which would mean loving without limits, without fear, without prejudice and without discrimination.

I think that might do for starters.

buffalodickdy said...

Humans have come a long way. Humans have a long way to go.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Acceptance is a start. But it only touches the surface. People need to understand others more and realise that appearing different doesn't actually mean that you are different. Being autistic is being my daughter and being C. Two examples of perfection.

CJ xx

Dave Coulter said...

Yes, opening up my mind and being more patient would be helpful for me, heaven knows.

Dr.John said...

I learned long ago there is no normalcy. Each one of us is different ( abnormal)from every other one. Accepting that fact allows us to accept one another in all our differences.

R.E.H. said...

I love that picture you chose for this post. Very nice.

And, beautiful thoughts on awareness and acceptance - I will try my hardest to live up to that.

lime said...

love to you and c on this day. you do a service in helping us all see the world from a somewhat different perspective.

abstractjenn said...

just let me be me...it's as simple as that.

hi to you and C!

Ashley Ladd said...

As the grandmother of a child with Asperger's Syndrome, I thank you for bringing all this awareness. I wasn't aware until reading your post that today is World Autism Day. Thanks for letting me know.

LceeL said...

The hardest thing the human race will ever have to do is learn to live in the presence of each other without the notice of difference.

Sandpiper said...

An excellent post, Casdok. Understanding and acceptance are key.

craig andrew said...

C:)

Jodi said...

I think my wish would be the same as C's. !!

Ron said...

Your final words in this post made me weep, dear lady....

Because these are my own feelings about not only autism...but all abilities that are different. I use to always tell my friend in Florida, who's precious son is autistic...you must never pity him, because is a very WISE teacher.

This post has touched me very deeply, Casdok...thank you!

Please know that I share in this celebration of World Autism Day...and sending much love to you and C.

P.S. I hope you don't mind, but I would like to steal your April Autism Day button and place it on my blog for the month. Thank you!

Kathryn said...

Acceptance. Definitely.
Gorgeous post!

Suzanne said...

I haven't anything profound to add. just thank you for being a voice for acceptance.

TEOM said...

My wish is that differences made us more curious than afraid.

Melissa said...

Finding your blog came at the perfect time for me--a young man joined my karate class and he has autism. You're giving me some excellent insight.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I love what teom said.

Debs said...

Beautifully posted, as usual. I believe that the more people get to know about autism the more understanding and tolerant they will be (hopefully).

Anonymous said...

thanks for your comments particularly about not forgetting persons with disabilities in the rest of the world.
www.make-development-inclusive.org is working for governments in Europe to do the same.

SaraLynn said...

This is an outstanding post. I too wish for acceptance and patience.

Have a great day :)

Ellee Seymour said...

Casdok, I've been thinking of you all day. I love your perception to view autism as a different ability, rather than as a disability.

Love to you both.

Mima said...

I love your blog because so often you make me think and question my beliefs - I would like a cure for MS and ME, but wouldn't want to go back to being the person I was before all this started. I have learnt so much about myself going through this, that I am stronger than I thought, and I can (mostly) take what is thrown at me.

Acceptance would be an amazing feat, something that can only be achieved by reaching out to other people and teaching them, which is something that you do so well.

Tammy said...

I have 2 nephews that have autism and I wish that people would view them as little boys not a disease.

nitebyrd said...

Understanding and accepting, definitely would make the world a better place.

Pavel said...

I didn't know there was a World Autism day. Thanks for educating me!

Wow. I struggled with the "wish" thing. Would I want my autistic boy to be nornal? Wouldn't that change him and he wouldn't be the little guy I know? Would it make for a better life for him if he weren't? I just don't know...

I wish everyone accepts him for who he is and give him the chance he deserves in life.

Sandy C. said...

What a beautiful photo and quote from Whose planet is it anyway? It leaves me speechless.
I hope that awareness will bring acceptance.

Traceytreasure said...

Thank you and Happy Day! I am going to find out all I can about Autism today. In honor of you can "C" and everyone else affected by Autism. I am a better person for having found your site! Hugs!

Raven said...

Beautiful essay and photo - that last paragraph is a powerful, exquisite statement...

My wish for you is that your wish will be granted.

I think Autism Awareness at it's best will teach those of us on the sidelines not only that there is much to learn about autism and autistic children... but there is much to learn FROM them as well.

WesterWitch/Headmistress said...

Oh Casdok this is so true - really who is calling who disabled . . . perhaps we are indeed the ones with the disability.

Being non-judgmental would be a good start . . . so many rush to offer an opinion on people they know nothing about.

Love and hugs to you and C.

Billy said...

Peace, pure and simple!

Kahless said...

Reading yours and DJs blogs has really raised my awareness of autism.
That is one of the many great things about logging.

Sass E-mum said...

That's beautiful. And I believe it's true - it's similar to what manic depressives say of their manic periods.

Pink Icing said...

People are different on all levels - let's celebrate this and not fear it.

Thank you for highlighting the celebration of today.

Please keep going, I believe your eloquence helps...

Big hugs to you and C

katy said...

truly beautiful, love to you and C x x

Lane said...

Once again I come away from your blog having learnt something.
The CNN woman's article was excelllent.
Thank you Casdok for putting these things our way.
And Peace ...of course - and understanding:-)

Domestically Challenged said...

Found you through Melissa - great post.

There are many shades of normal... what is normal anyway?

Acceptance is the thing - sadly people can be really unthoughtful - I've often wished people noticed their surroundings rather than peoples appearance.

My daughter suffers from chronic excema - so bad at times that she can be hospitalised and looks red as a beetroot - most people would find it hard to hear the hurtful comments that have been made in front of her - although I suspect you might understand!

Keep plugging on,
Hen

The Lone Beader said...

A friend of mine has autism in his family, so I am aware of it. :)

akakarma said...

What do I wish for- what any mother wants- my child to be happy and content just being her!

Suburbia said...

I spend a lot of time trying to explain acceptance of others differences to my children and trying to get them to understand how others might feel or understand the world. I hope they get it someday! I still have to remind myself sometimes.

Mary said...

This is an awesome and powerful post. We need to be more tolerant of others who see the world differently or who are a little different. With education comes understanding. Thanks for this insightful post.

If you have time, please drop over to my blog and read the last two posts I've made on the subject of autism. I have also linked to others who have posted about the subject.

Blessings,
Mary

Deb said...

We are all people first.

I love that phrase. So true.

just jamie said...

I'm tearing up at the beauty of this. So glad I stopped by. That image is GORGEOUS!

I'll be back for more. :) Thanks for stopping by mine.

CC said...

Thank you! And I loved your wrap too!

laughingwolf said...

excellent, and so mote it be :D

Get Off My Lawn! said...

I once went to a lecture where the Professor made me understand that, Darwinianly speaking, every excceptionality is a potential species saver. that's how it works. What many see as a "disability" would be, but for an accident of environment, an advantage. We need all of our diverse and exceptional people in order to ensure the survival of our species in a dramatic environmental change... which may happen quite soon. Happy WAD!

Eileen said...

Casdok,
I have been thinking about you and C all day today. I had a mother in my office today, who just found out her son is Autistic. Thanks to you, and what I have learned through your blog, I have so many resources to give her, so many wonderful places to connect her to.

This post is is so wonderful. I wish I has something really profound to add, but it really says it all. Peace,respect and understanding... The world would be such a better place.

Thank you for all you do, to bring this goal to life.

XOXOX

Melissa said...

*applause* Bravo Casdok, bravo! Perfect post and perfect quote to back it up.

SnoopMurph said...

Hi Casdok-

It's great to meet you and I loved reading your awareness entries-but this wish is simply what I would love to see.

I believe that starting with all of these amazing friends -giving positive stories- is an awesome start. Thanks for visiting my blog too.

athenivanidx said...

hi there Casdok...........

Yeah I wish for the same things you do........more acceptance

I could do without overload and anxiety coming as often as they do, but I wouldn't trade being autistic for anything else in the world, nor would Ivan or Athena........the other two personalities sharing a body with me. We've been told by our T.pist that we're like a little family.

Well........see you later

The Integral of athenivanidx

Michael Manning said...

Beautiful post. I'm here from my friend Dianne. Glad I stopped by! :)

motherx said...

I really hope that this happens one day. Everyone is important. I worry so much about the cruelty of others for my boys when they are older. Lets hope the world changes.