This past Sunday, June 13th, 2010 we participated in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks event held in downtown Manhattan. I have to say it was amazing to see how many people were there united for this cause and with the belief that we will one day unlock the mysteries of autism.
Quite a few people had t-shirts made for the event with pictures of their family member affected by the disorder and some with inspirational quotes geared towards autism and its effect on families. I was particularly struck by one team's t-shirt with the following quote from Temple Grandin, PH.D. (for those who do not know her, she is an autistic woman widely noted for her autism advocacy) It simply stated, “I am different, not less.” My only advice is that the next time you see a child acting out or having a temper tantrum, or who appears to be misbehaving in public, please keep in mind this child may suffer from an Autism Spectrum Disorder and may not be able to control their response in certain situations. Try and look through the actions and see the person, just like us, struggling inside.