If you get the Argus-Sentinel, you might just notice a new column in this week’s edition. I have yet to see it, so I’m not sure what (or if) it’s titled, but for the sake of knowing how to compartmentalize things in my own mind, I’m going to refer to it as “The Spectrum Scene”, only because that’s simple and well, I need simple. The Spectrum Scene was also available as a web address, so again, with the simplicity thing.
Each week this month, you’ll find a column related to life with a child on the autism spectrum. Autism affects 1 in 88 children, 1 in 54 boys. Our youngest son, Ben, is one of them. This column came out of the overwhelming response to our oldest daughter, Jaclyn’s business interests in helping us fund Ben’s therapy at Easter Seals through the Intensive Therapeutic Autism Program and her efforts through DuckTape for Autism. If you haven’t checked out the page dedicated to her efforts, you really should. It’s amazing what she can make with duck tape!
Whether the column lives past 2012 remains to be seen, but Jaclyn’s (and our) focus on raising awareness will not wane. With awareness comes understanding, with understanding comes acceptance. Isn’t that what we all want? To be accepted? Of course, as parents, we want the best of life and all it offers for our children, but when it all comes down to it, we want them to have a sense of acceptance, perhaps not necessarily in the mixed up notions of our big old world, but at least in regard to who they are, especially within our own sphere of influence and the communities in which we live. For the autistic child, this can only come through awareness and understanding.
And with that end in mind, welcome to The Spectrum Scene.