Those who know me, know that I have two kids with Autism. So as a subject, it is hugely important to my life. My kids are high functioning compared to other kids with Autism. Music won over Autism. Thanks to the band P.O.D.! This is the story of the son of friends of mine. He loves the band P.O.D. I’ll quote her words here, only removing the son’s name from the story. I did ask permission to share this story. I don’t own the rights to the music, all rights are retained by the copyright holders. “Our son has autism. He loves the band POD, especially their song “Beautiful”. On Friday we decided to take a chance and take him to their concert in Moorhead. We had no idea how he would do or if it would be too much for him. We packed earplugs and sensory toys and had
David, In less than 24 hours, you will be coming home. You will have completed yet another stay in a care facility. As much as the facility would have us believe differently, there is no cure for your condition. I explained it once to you, maybe you remember? I also told you there is no cure for the condition you were born with. You have something called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It is within a group of disorder known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Like Autism, there are wide variations in the symptoms that people with this condition have. This is why we see so many specialists. Why do you have this? When your birth mom was pregnant with you, she did a lot of things that were not healthy for you, these included using drugs and alcohol. As much as I want to say that she is evil, I can’t.
I run across all kinds of advocates in my work in the Autism advocacy community. A VLOG is a Video Blog. So we all understand what the term is. There are a lot of phenomenal advocates, parent advocates and people who advocate for themselves. Then there is the Mayhew family who approach advocacy unlike anything I have seen before. Cindy and I have been friends for a while, we met in a Facebook Group for parents of kids with Autism. She and her husband always provide sage advice through their lived experience in the Autism world. Check out their YouTube Channel. Thank you Mayhew family for speaking out for DJ. Awesome family you have there. To my readers, I have ordered a copy of their book, and once I receive it, will do a review and giveaway of the book. Tweet #fighting4answrs