Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Autism Awareness Giveaway Hop

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Quite honestly there are some things I am an observer of and not qualified to say much about. I have a dear friend who has raised autistic children and I have cheered in awe from the sidelines... but beyond that, all I know is that I don't know anything.

I'm pretty clear about what I don't know...

I don't know WHY or HOW or WHAT to do about it. I'm very careful to keep any thoughts to myself, usually, because there are some things that if you haven't lived it, you just don't know.

But I also like the idea of working with whatever ya got in whatever situation. I like the idea of not labeling anyone "sick" if they are "autistic". Have you watched that show Touch?  I like the way little autistic Jake has value in the world and in his father's life. There are things considered "normal" that he can't do, but he improves the world with his life. I like that perspective towards people - all people. We all have reason and purpose.

For the Autistic Awareness hop, I am giving away a chance to see inside an autistic mind through Elizabeth Moon's book, The Speed of Dark. I am looking forward to reading this book myself. I have heard from many that it is the best of her books, and I love her writing.  Better yet, she takes autism into the future where there is a "cure" and the main character is not so sure he even wants to be "cured".

The Speed of DarkThe Speed of Dark
by Elizabeth Moon
Published June 2005 by Del Rey

 In the near future, disease will be a condition of the past. Most genetic defects will be removed at birth; the remaining during infancy. Unfortunately, there will be a generation left behind. For members of that missed generation, small advances will be made. Through various programs, they will be taught to get along in the world despite their differences. They will be made active and contributing members of society. But they will never be normal.
Thoughtful, provocative, poignant, unforgettable, The Speed of Dark is a gripping exploration into the mind of an autistic person as he struggles with profound questions of humanity and matters of the heart
Rather than an awesome question, I'm going to leave an open-ended comment opportunity. If you have a story related to Autism to share, I would love it!  Or a link to someone who does or a favorite book or experience or whatever. Since I'm sooooo clueless, help me out!!

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  1. Thanks for the giveaway :) My daughter has autism she is 4 so everyday is a new experience and throws a new curve ball at us. We are all learning as a family to help her as she cannot communicate through speech as yet. She is a beautiful child and whatever we can do to help her get the most out of life, is worth doing

  2. I don't have much of a personal experience with autism, but one of my neighbors' teenagers has Asperger's, and one of my friends has a son who has autism. For him they have had success changing his diet (gluten free) and involving him in a music classes for small children.

  3. +JMJ+

    One of my friends has a blog in which she writes about many things, but mostly her two great loves: music and her children, one of whom is on the spectrum. I'm sharing a link to one of her more memorable posts about him, which is about the slow road to diagnosis and the lack of understanding she and other parents often come up against from others.


    Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. me too, I don't have much of a personal experience with autism, but my friend has an autism.

  5. To be honest, I didn't know anything about autism before this hop. So, big thanks for taking a part of it and making me know a little. Good cause :)

    Disincentive @ (read, watch, listen) - reviews

  6. My Mom works with preschoolers who have special needs many are on the autistic spectrum. Also three of my closest friends have autistic brothers.

  7. I have not known anyone with a child with Autism, but I read on one of the other blogs that more boys are autistic than girls.

  8. Thanks for participating in this blog hop. I worked for several years as a speech therapist with primarily nonverbal autistic preschoolers. What a challenge but very rewarding!

  9. I don't have an autistic story, but I end up thinking of that girl from Glee with Aspergers...

  10. Honestly, autistic books are the biggest reason I love reading. When I decided I wanted to be a special education teacher a few years ago, I checked out SO many autistic/special ed/whatever else related to special ed I could at my library. I actually think I read every single book there that deals with autism besides the more educated scholarly ones. (Not that there are very many, my library is teeny tiny!)

    I also didn't know that the show Touch had an autistic kid. The only show I know of that does is Parenthood, the son has asperger's syndrome, and the character is the entire reason I started watching in the first place.

    I'm really excited for this giveaway! As much as I love books written/about autism, I actually only own a handful. I need more!!

  11. There's a great new TV series Touch with Kiefer Sutherland where the main character is an autistic boy.

  12. I actually don't have any experience w/ people who have autism... I just hope that others could understand their situation and learn to accept them

  13. I have a relative who's a single working parent who has a son with autism and a daughter to look after. Having a high-pressure career and being a single parent just adds to the strain, I expect, but what really annoys me is when the old people in our family blatantly show their ignorance about the condition by being mean and insensitive. I was made aware of her child's condition at a family function, when my granny referred to there being "something wrong" with the child. She had heard that he was "not right in his head". I was shocked that she'd said that, and not only because of her ignorance, but also because if she hadn't told me that I wouldn't have known that there was anything "wrong" with the child. I was actually thinking about what a sweet, quiet and friendly child he was. It's the prejudice and ignorance of society that can serve to marginalise these children a lot of the time.

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  14. My best friend's son is 7 and was just diagnosed. A very close friend and former co-worker of mine has it. people are all around me who have recently been diagnosed with ASD and as a result of that, I have much research to do. Curious incident of the dog in the night-time(Mark Haddon), I read a million years ago, and it's still one of my favorite books of all time, and the character is autistic, so I guess that was my starting point. I don't think we're ever too old to learn more about autism.

  15. My little neighbour has been diagnosed with autism. Sometimes he is really nice, but when he's got a bad day, there's no way how to get him to do something or to stop him from doing something. I haven't got my own children, but sometimes I doubt whether I'd be able to be so patient as his mum is...I admire all parents who help their children with autism to live their live fully..

    Thanks for the giveaway

  16. My grandson has autism and with the help of many he has made great strides.

  17. I really love movies about Autism - for example MAry and Max or Rainman are my favourites! :) if you haven't seen them yet, try it! :)

  18. I've been learning along the way. I did not know much before.


  19. I didn't know anything about autism before this hop....so,I've been learning about it know.

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!


  20. I actually don't know anyone with autism, so this hop has given me lots of information.

  21. We've always suspected that our elder daughter is somewhere on the autism spectrum, most like aspbergers. My husband also has many of the aspie traits. We've found a gluten-free and casein-free diet to be extremely helpful with the behavioural issues.


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