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April 17, 2016

Acceptance and Appreciation of Autism

Autism is close to my heart  because I've been aware for as long as I can remember. I was probably 9 or even younger when I learned about autism through my cousin May.

May's mom and my father are siblings. I am two years older than May. When I was young, I used to spend my Christmas and summer vacations at my Aunt Linda's place. I was May's playmate, and eventually became (sort of) her tutor when I was in  high school.

Instead of me teaching May, it was her who taught me about unconditional love, patience and understanding.

My latest photos with May, taken at my Papa's wake. 
When many relatives did not make it to my father's wake, May (along with her mom and sister)
May was there to console my grieving heart.

Although we live in a highly hi-tech society, many are still clueless about autism. Did you know that nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life?

Why am I writing about autism? I hope to help promote autism awareness and encourage people toward acceptance and appreciation of autism -  true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people.

Let’s embrace one another and expand our perspective to get one step closer to a society where those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.

3 comments:

  1. I love this post. It revealed and made me understand why I was drawn to your blog in the first place. Keep inspiring,Joy. This world need more colorful characters just like you who embrace life outside of its comfort zone.

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    2. Thanks , Sarah! Di pa din tayo nagkikita in person.

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