Wednesday 2nd April was World Autism Awareness Day and in fact the whole of April is Autism Awareness month. I happened to post something on Facebook that morning about my Gabs and his aspergers and was completely staggered when it went completely nuts, getting over 400 likes on my own page, some 300 on a mum group I shared it on and was shared by nearly 100 people so I have lost count now of how many likes it has on all those pages combined but it must be over a thousand! I was also inundated by private messages all day thanking me for writing it and also contact from other mums of aspies or suspected aspies basically reaching out for some company in this crazy journey that is parenting an aspergers child! or just some advice or pointers to other support resources.
I was a little bit scared at first, that I had brought so much attention to my Gabi when I just meant to bring attention and awareness to his condition, but then after such an overwhelmingly positive response and so many people saying that it has helped and moved them I realised me and my Gabs were just meant to do this and I’m so happy we’ve helped people by sharing openly who we are. (Anyone who knows me well knows that openness is one of my defining characteristics, admittedly usually manifesting as “chronic over-sharing on facebook”!) and creating greater transparency in the world my driving force.
Actually, it was weird that day. I am really, really NOT a morning person! I rarely acheive anything productive before 10am and only then if I’ve had my cappuccino. But that day I woke up with a really strong urge to share a certain photo of Gabs and the words I wanted to post were already in my head. So I can’t take the credit, really… I was definitely “guided” to do it one way or the other. Someone up there obviously knew it was needed. But I didn’t know that at the time and was fairly blown away by the response!
So here is my original post from the 2nd April in full so that anyone who is interested can find it easily and come back to it if needed. I realise now that Aspergers is so much more common than we realise and so little talked about and shared that there is a whole community of mums and dads struggling out there who at the very beginning of their journey of suspicions that their child may be somewhere on the autism spectrum, need a gentle way into finding information at their own pace without being overwhelmed. So to that end I will try to use my blog a little more in future for posting stories, links and tidbits of information I’ve found useful with Gabs. Really hope it helps and if anyone wants to get in touch here or on my facebook page then please do!