I’m fairly new to the ‘modern day blogging’ and I would be the first to say that I have absolutely NO experience in computers. Whether it’s working with graphics or simply using software I am utterly clueless. Nada….Zilch!
However, I have a passion for writing and all things Autism…put them together and you ended up here! Aren’t you lucky?!
Why I decided to do this…..
If you’ve navigated yourself here then you’ve probably noticed two things, my ‘welcome’ post and how bare this page currently looks!
I briefly touched on the fact that I am a mother of one little superstar who is diagnosed with ASD, amongst other complex needs. To say that the time in which my LO was born to now has been a journey would be an understatement. There have been many smiles, laughs, (lots) of tears and I have sat in amazement more times then I could ever imagine.
No-one ever tells you the truth behind the life on a child with SEN, maybe that’s because of the continuous stigma that can be attached to such a topic, the ignorance that some people show when they say “I’m sure he’ll grow out of it”or because we’re all so damn busy that we don’t get time to sit down with a hot (or even lukewarm!) cuppa and tell each other how my child decided to announce to an underground train full of people how he had just blown off! (Yes, that genuinely happened and yes, I did laugh! more of that later.)
I’ve always said that if I had seen the things I see now 10 years ago then I would be wholly shocked, but then I remember, I was once the ignorant person who didn’t ‘get it’. I was once a person who had never even heard of autism. I don’t get angry at people that we meet that have the same views that I would have had all those years ago but it does sadden me.
It’s sad that we live in a world where parents have to fight for their child to receive the support they deserve within the education and mental health system. It’s sad that we live in a world where one person feels it is their god given right to tell us how we should ‘parent’ our children ‘correctly’ and how autism “didn’t exist many years ago”. It makes you wonder on the scale of people who suffered everyday because they were deemed ‘naughty’ or ‘troubled’.
That is exactly why this blog exists.