Yesterday, I decided to spend a good time of my day reading through the Autism Bloggosphere. I found that opinions vary greatly on therapies, diets, behavior interventions, the function levels of autistics, the quality of Special Education, and the causes for autism. But no matter what, our experiences raising our children are very much the same, and autism becomes the center of our lives, especially when more than one child has been affected. So at this point I began thinking if Living in Autism is really a true depiction of our lives, or my family's live in particular. When i read it back to myself, I feel as if this is all that we were meant to do, deal with the autism, and forget about the rest of the world. It just didn't sit right with me at all. I want us to live and experience this beautiful world that God created. I want my children to spend time with others to the best of their ability. And I want to help them to be independent, even though in truth they will always need family or friends (just like anyone else) to live happy and fulfilling lives. They will not be able to do it alone.
And I don't want them to be defined by Autism or Asperger. I want them to learn to live and cope with the bumps on the road, and the holes in their umbrellas. They are loving, happy, creative, funny, a little sarcastic, smart and intelligent individuals. That is what I would like for the world to see. So, as we continue our journey through life, I've decided, we are in it for life, will always do it together.