Acceptance. What does it really mean? Do we just accept those like us? Do we accept our differences? What does it mean to a family living with autism? Brandon’s autism affects all of us. Is it always sunshine and roses? No, it isn’t. Is it always tantrums and meltdowns? No, it isn’t. There is a lot of in between. But autism is always there.

So what does acceptance mean to this autism family?

A – Accessible. We would like for things to be more accessible for our sensory needy son.

C – Caring. I believe we all need a bit more caring towards those who may act in ways that are different from the norm.

C – Collaborate. Collaborate with us, not for us.

E – Exceptional. My son is an exceptional young man, with or without autism. Get to know him…he will surprise you.

P – Progress. How can there be progress without acceptance of the issues?

T – Trust. Trust us parents that we know our child best.

A – Acknowledgment. Please acknowledge my son’s existence.

N – No Judgement. If you have questions, I will do my best to answer them. Don’t judge what you don’t understand.

C – Compassion. When you see someone struggling, show compassion and kindness. No judgement.

E – Educate. Tell others about my son. Tell others how wonderful he is. Educate others!

Everyone wants to be accepted.

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