One of the most touching and inspiring things about Autism Awareness Month is hearing the stories of how autism has impacted so many individuals in so many different ways. Whether it’s reading of a child’s successes or a parent’s heartbreaks, real-life stories of autism help children and parents cope with the everyday struggles and feelings of isolation this disorder can sometimes bring.
People of all ages with autism may enjoy reading the many profiles (often complete with photos, audio, and more) of persons with autism on the Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism blog this month. A different story has been posted each day in April, and they are truly inspiring to all.
Parents of children with autism may find comfort in reading about the real-life struggles and successes of other parents. Although many books exist on this very topic, Claire Hughes’ book, Children With High-Functioning Autism: A Parent’s Guide combines practical advice from an educator with the inspirational guidance of a parent who’s been there and done that with her daughter with high-functioning autism. You can also check out Claire’s blog or a blog she often recommends: Mom—Not Otherwise Specified.
For more real-life stories of children and adults living with autism, check out these sites:
- The National Autistic Society: Real Life Stories From People With Autism
- Ambitious About Autism: Real Life Stories
- Autism-Help.org: Personal Stories About Autism Spectrum Disorders
If you or someone you love faces the everyday realities of life with an autism spectrum disorder, share your story—you never know when it could touch someone else’s life or make a difference for a child or adult feeling alone in their struggles.