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I have been thinking about what to write here because as some of my readers may know April is Autism Awareness Month although I prefer to refer to it as ACCEPTANCE month instead and I’m sure that a lot of other people do too! Awareness can only do so much and whilst people can be aware of things but it doesn’t mean that they truly understand or accept them.

I have learnt so much since my own son’s diagnoses 5 years ago, first as a parent and then from someone on the spectrum after receiving my own diagnoses as being on the spectrum. There is so much more than I had ever thought of and seeing it from the other side, I can see why some of the articles and images shared during April can be hurtful to those that are on the spectrum (myself included).

I’m not a fan of the Light it up Blue campaign and certainly don’t agree with the methods used to “Light it up Blue”, you can read a link here that will explain some of the whys: www.asan-au.org/2016/03/autism-awareness-notinourname and this is a good post about how to support people who are Autistic during April: www.themarysue.com/autism-awareness-month

I believe in neurodiversity and acceptance and below is a link that I think will be helpful to my readers who wish to share and spread the word of acceptance but I do ask that you please think about what you are sharing because you never know who it may hurt on the other side of the screen and if we truly want acceptance and understanding then we should all listen to all the autistic voices out there because aren’t we the very reason reason for Autism acceptance month?

If you are wanting to share some articles then this blogsite here is a fantastic place to start: www.autismacceptancemonth.com

All the best
Philly12931142_10209513621498640_616259730342258945_nImage is from http://www.asan-au.org

 

From Wikipedia :  The rainbow-colored infinity symbol represents the diversity of the autism spectrum as well as the greater neurodiversity movement. Many autistic people prefer this symbol over any puzzle-piece based ones.

‪#‎autismACCEPTANCEmonth‬ ‪#‎LOVEnotfear‬ ‪#‎REDinstead‬ ‪#‎AutisticNotBroken‬ ‪#‎Neurodiversity‬ ‪#‎AutismAcceptance‬ ‪#‎toneitdowntaupe‬ #BoycottAutismSpeaks

 

  • Ave M Guenthner - Dearest Philly,
    I needed to share your post about autism & not going blue. I am somewhere on the spectrum, as is my son, Jordan. I am very grateful for your words; Acceptance is a strong positive way to look/feel about diveristy
    Thank you for being YOU.
    love/light, avesiReplyCancel

    • Pippa.K - Hi Avesi, thank you for your kind words! Please feel free to share far and wide, you have my blessing! ~ PhillyReplyCancel

January 31 | 4:22pm

Well we made it! January 31st and we are at the end of my personal project of taking a photo a day for all of January. I hope you didn’t mind all the photos and it was nice to pick up my big SLR again after having closed my photography business mid last year.

Here is my eldest with his Team Fortress 2 themed cake and his younger brother as we had family over to celebrate his birthday. He said it was the best birthday cake ever!

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January 30 | 5:05pm

It’s getting to that time again where school is due back soon. I like to do a mass bake off just before school goes back so that I have tasty treats to send in the kids lunchboxes but now I have all three to bake for so it meant making even more this year.

So we have on the list

ANZAC biscuits
Mini Pan quiches
vegemite & cheese scrolls
chocolate spread scrolls
“Raw” Cookie Dough Balls
Lunchbox Pikelets
Sugar free, nut free, egg free and dairy free oat balls.

I also have on the list still to do is Lasagna cupcakes but going to take a much needed break!

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January 29 | 8:22pm

Master T turned 12 today and he was mightily impressed with his day – In his words “it’s the best day EVER”. Here he is with a wrist watch type thing that he got with his Xbox game that he loves. We plan to celebrate with cake on Sunday before school heads back for the year.

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January 28 | 1:43pm

The sleeping princess – well the pretending one…she wanted me to take a photo of her sleeping so here is today photo…she does a good job of making out to be asleep doesn’t she?

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