Until the past couple of years I really didn’t know anything about autism. Then one of my dearest friend’s youngest son was diagnosed. We’ve had countless conversations about what it is like to be the mother of an autistic child. Sandra even wrote a book about the first year after James was diagnosed. If you haven’t read Speechless: Finding God’s Grace in My Son’s Autism, you should.
I’ve learned so much through my friendship with Sandra. She shares the ups and downs and is quick to encourage others who have a child with autism or who want to know how to come alongside families with autistic children. The Speechless Facebook page is a beautiful example of community.
All that to say, when I saw a series about autism awareness on My Days with Autism, I knew I had to check it out.
The statistic is that one in four children will be diagnosed with autism. This is a disease that will affect each one of us in some way. Understanding the disease and coming alongside the families who have autistic members is vitally important. I encourage you to check out 31 Days of Autism Awareness and then find ways to reach out to families who live with the difficulties and joys autism can bring.