So, another day, another post. And, yes, another post about April and autism. Don't worry, today's is short. No rants. No complaints. No doom and gloom. Well, maybe just a small reference of doom and gloom:
1 in 36.
That's the official autism rate. Updated numbers haven't come out for this year yet, but I have a sinking feeling that more will be more added to the mix. For you number crunchers out there, you know as well as I do that those "official" CDC numbers are not as accurate as they should be. So, take that 1 in 36 rate with a grain of salt.
1 in 36.
It's truly overwhelming for me to think about that rate.
But today, I woke up happy. I don't want to think about doom and gloom today. I want to think about things that will remind me to be hopeful, that will remind me to be helpful to others. So, I looked at the number a bit differently.
That's 30 + 6.
Hey! That's exactly how many ideas I've shared over the years during this sometimes dreaded month of April! The first post was a whole 30 days of ideas* meant to support both a child affected by autism and their family. The second one included 6 more! That's a whole lot of helpful, hopeful, incredible opportunities to be had, and not just for the child, but for the giver as well.
Of course, there are many other ways to assist a family. If you have any ideas of your own, feel free to share them in the comment section below.
April 1st and 2nd are not easy days for a lot of us. We don't celebrate a diagnosis. We don't embrace the struggles. We do, however, love our children and greatly appreciate the help we receive from loved ones. I have already personally and publicly thanked my own family and friends for all of their support, but holey moley, I must thank you again....thanks, family and friends! Thanks for your kindness, your patience, and allowing me to hop on my soapbox when I need to.
*For those Spanish speaking friends, a dear reader translated the original: 30 dias de autismo