Happy World Autism Awareness Day

Today, April 2, is the second annual World Autism Awareness Day. Last year, the United Nations’ celebrated the first and this year the festivities have been expanded. I even received an email inviting me to the party but alas, I am on the other side of the country.

For me, autism awareness is about understanding all of the different attributes that a person on the spectrum may have. I have met dozens of people on the spectrum and no two have been alike in every way. I find that a lot of people that aren’t well-versed in the autism spectrum try to pigeon-hole people as nonverbal, noninterested and noncaring.

In our house, my two spectrum kiddos show love and affection. My daughter requires a hug and a kiss before we depart ways and my son requires a hug and a kiss before bed every night.

My kids make eye contact and my daughter has a never ending smile on her face.

There are many faces of autism; it is a true spectrum of conditions and abilities of individuals on the spectrum can vary greatly.

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Melissa is an Arizona native that is raising two tweens that are on the autism spectrum. Follow Melissa on Twitter and don't forget to Subscribe to Mutterings of a Mindless Mommy.

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