Welcome to Mac Attack's Team!
Dear Family and Friends,
The past couple of years have been extremely bumpy. Getting Mac's diagnoses in March 2016 felt like someone had turned the lights out. I literally had to fight to catch my breath. Most parents come to their diagnoses with a sense of relief. They have suspected and had to fight to have their child identified. I was BLIND SIGHTED. Mac's daycare saw some red flags and I only agreed to have him assessed to prove them wrong.
I couldn't believe the words I heard as I sat across the table from the paediatrician. I was consumed with so much guilt, what had I done to bring this about? I had a million questions and yet I couldn't bring my mouth to speak. My mind was racing, my heart was pounding and felt like I couldn't breath. I decided to keep it a secret. If no one knew then it wasn't really true, right? Wrong!
I met a great group of supportive parents who were at different stages of the same battle. I realized that there was no shame in Mac's diagnoses. He was as perfect as always, it was the perception of others that needed to change. I have shifted my attention on learning as much as I can about ASD and sharing our experience openly. My hope is that with enough exposure, stereotypes will dissipate and acceptance will be widespread. My bright, funny, mischievous, loving boy has Autism. He can learn, play and love, perhaps just in a different way than everyone else. We have struggles every day. He pushes me until I'm fearfully near my breaking point continuously. But every single day; he makes me smile, makes me laugh, makes me proud, and reminds to have empathy, patience and compassion.
For my son Mac, I stand for Autism. I fight for Autism. I fund raise for Autism. On September 9th, I'll walk for Autism. Please support Mac and I by joining our team and/or donating to our goal.
I participate in Autism Speaks Canada Walk because Walk dollars make an impact on the autism community.
As the prevalence of autism continues to rise, it’s more important than ever to fund research and services so that people with autism have the opportunity to meet their full potential. In fact, Walk dollars have gone towards training Early Childhood educators, helping newly diagnosed families navigate the health care system, and young adults learning skills to help them find jobs – and that is just to name a few.
Here are some of the things that we’ve learnt about autism in the last 10 years…
- Autism can be reliably diagnosed by age 2.
- High-quality early intervention does more than develop skills.
- One third of children and adults with autism are nonverbal.
- Most adults with autism (84%) remain living with their parents.
- Over 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.
There’s still so much more to learn…and you can help.
By making a donation and supporting my efforts, you are making a difference to the autism community.
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