#65: HEIST ANXIETY - PART SIX
Makes you kind of wonder what that dude's shoes look like, right?
Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day, and April is Autism Awareness Month.
To help raise awareness, people around the world are Lighting it up Blue. Meaning that they change out their porch light with a blue bulb, or they hang up blue Christmas lights. Major buildings all over the world Light it up Blue as well. Heck, even Niagra Falls will be blue tonight.
Myself, my website will be blue all month:
But what is Our Adventure Continues doing?
Well, we are going to reshare with you the strip we created for Autism Awareness Month:
That's my son, who is on the spectrum. We originally posted that two years ago today.
Thanks for reading!
Thanks for reposting the AA comic, Steven! I got an autism diagnosis in 2007 and while my life has been challenging, having that diagnosis is one of the best things that's happened for me. It gave me a lot of answers to long-standing questions about why I had struggled so much and helped me finally move in the right direction. :)ReplyDelete
Hey, thank you for commenting. I know how getting that diagnosis could be considered a great thing. Struggling with it your whole life and NOT knowing what it is, just thinking that something might be "wrong" (and I put quotes around wrong because I know that there is nothing wrong) would be difficult . . . just not knowing the answer. Then you find out, and knowing doesn't just automatically fix everything, but dang it if it doesn't put you on the path to understanding. And once you understand, you can learn how to cope and how to get by.Delete
Those old G.I. Joe cartoons were right, knowing really is half the battle. Knowledge is power.
I didn't handle my son's diagnosis very well. I didn't understand. Once I did, everything became so clear. My son has made great strides . . . HUGE strides, and we count our blessings every single day.
It means a lot to know that someone has seen the strip and got a little something out of it.
I'm so glad the AA comic was encouraging! In the midst of our wacky little slice of the internet, once in a while we like to do something a little serious and uplifting.Delete
Campy though they might be, you're right, there was a lot of wisdom in those old G.I. Joe cartoons.ReplyDelete
I certainly don't think you're alone in not handling the diagnosis very well... to be honest, I think I'd be a little surprised to hear about someone handling the diagnosis well out of the gate, because there's the cultural perception of Autism still that it's a "universally bad thing", and obviously none of us want that, so you start going through the stages of grief - denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Hopefully you learn along the way that society's view of autism isn't entirely accurate, and that a lot of great things can follow if you see it in a new light. :)
I publish comedy too and I also try to inject the occasional positive message. http://www.woohooligan.com/comics/205
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Blogger's comment interface seems a little weird. Sorry about that! D'oh!ReplyDelete