Wow! April is here again. Along with Autism Awareness Month! Which, if you have been around that long, you know is very near and dear to my heart, having children with Autism myself.
That brings us to the 2nd Annual Faces of Autism project! Last year was great, and this year is going to be even better! Last year you read the stories and saw the faces of 12 children with Autism. This year you will get the opportunity to learn about 23 different children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. You will recognize some of them from last year's project and get to read about what has been going on with them since their FoA debut. This project is not just for Autism Awareness, but also for Autism Acceptance.
In addition to the 23 children, I have also included a few sibling stories, a Speech Therapist and an Occupational Therapist. The siblings are telling you what they have learned from having a sibling with Autism and just giving you their perspective. This is important because sometimes, as a parent or family member, it's easy to forget that having a younger child with an Autism diagnosis has not only changed your life, but everyone in the family's, including the older children that remember what life was like before the diagnosis. In fact, this is important for everyone to remember: teachers, coaches, family friends, the list truly goes on. The stress these older siblings have to go through is insane. I know I rely way too much on my teenage daughter to help out sometimes.
The Speech and Occupational Therapists will talk about their role in working with children on the spectrum and what that might entail. These therapies make a huge difference in the lives of children with Autism as well in the lives of their families. These wonderful people help with communication, daily routines, sensory issues, and SO much more!
So please remember to check back on the blog, Dear Me Photography Facebook page, or even sign up for email alerts to get these amazing stories sent straight to your inbox! Feel free to share these stories to help raise awareness and acceptance for those with Autism.
In the meantime, if you are local to the general Bismarck/Mandan area, don't forget to come out and celebrate World Autism Awareness Day tomorrow, April 2, 2017 for BisMan Autism Families FREE community event! I will be there doing my first ever photo booth with photos available on Facebook a few days after the event! I am incredibly proud to be an official sponsor of this great event! I hope to see you there!