The Face of Autism

August 28th, 2010

Luke - the face of autisumMeet the face of autism, this is Luke, he looks like any other boy his age, but there is a difference he is autistic. His family knows all to well the challenges of raising an autistic child.

His family and many other families just like his are becoming a larger percentage of the population daily.

At first we are in denial- this can’t happen to my child, then we are angry – Why did this happen to my child?

Then we place the heaviest burden of all on ourselves by playing the blame game or second guessing what we could have done differently to have prevented this.

Then finally we accept the fact that God gave us a special child, with special needs and special abilities and he trusted us to be that special child’s parents and family.

Autism is growing at an alarming rate, today 1 out of 110 children and 1 out of 70 boys are born with autism.There is much speculation as to why, but why, when you already have an autistic child is of little consequence.

Autism is still very much misunderstood by the majority of the population, when the general public sees an autistic child throwing a temper tantrum in public they believe the child is spoiled or needs disciplined. Parents have to endure the glares and stares from strangers who simply do not understand. It is for this reason that many parents of autistic children become a prisoner in their homes and have a very limited social life if any at all.

The process is long tedious and exhausting and sometimes it seems like you take a step forward only to take two steps back.

It is those days you have to realize you are not alone, there are many others and the numbers are growing daily of parents just like you. You are becoming a very large segment of the population. Why? Who knows, but this I do know; God trusted you with a very precious gift, and you will be blessed because of it, whether you see it yet or not. I also know that God will never give you an obstacle without providing the solution, so be patient and when those days come when you don’t think you can do it, remember you are not alone. The face of autism is now everywhere.

The Race for Autism Awarness

August 28th, 2010

Autism Speaks Racing Boat at Lake of the Ozarks Shootout This is one of the featured boats at the “Lake of the Ozarks Shooters Shootout”

This is the largest unsanctioned race in the world

Luke is now in his own race for the funding of a service dog in which he is now eligible. With the help of a local organization, “Working Animals Giving Service for Kids“, a very special dog is being trained to join Luke’s family. As W.A.G.S. 4 Kids spreads awareness of the use of dogs to help children, it is the family’s responsibility to raise half of the funds necessary for the training and placement of this dog.

Please help Luke get his dog, any donation will help, and all donations are tax deductible.    Simply go to wags4kids.org/luke.htm – We will never be able to thank you enough.

Autism Speaks BoatIf you have or know of another child with special needs we would also reciprocate by helping you as well and by adding a link to your site for others to see as well.

If we stand together we will be much stronger than many individuals standing alone.

Together we can win this race for our children and grandchildren.

Autism Speaks Boat