In acceptance lies the key to awareness about autism Image: Twitter
Autism — the word itself once upon a time used to evoke pity at worst or sadness for its victims and their near and dear ones at best. But with the increasing reach of social media, which is also as much of a boon as it is a bane, not only is their more awareness regarding this developmental disorder, but the tales of courage we hear also serve as major sources of inspiration, reminding us that no obstacle in life is big enough to bog us down. Yesterday was World Autism Awareness Day, and autistic children along with their parents shared their stories, not of sadness, but of hope.
These tales made us believe that anything is possible with a positive mindset and if you believe you can, you will do about everything you want to.
Peter Sudarso, who rarely talks about his third brother Christian, not only opened up about him on social media but also shared a picture with him on Twitter. He was praised by many and so far his post has 119 retweets 820 likes. "For those of you guys who ask about a third sudarso brother, he does exist, he is older, he has low functioning autism, and I love him more than anything in the world. #WorldAutismAwarenessDay," he wrote.
For those of you guys who ask about a third sudarso brother, he does exist, he is older, he has low functioning autism, and I love him more than anything in the world. #WorldAutismAwarenessDay pic.twitter.com/RDOSpWRWuX— Peter Sudarso (@PeterSAdrian) April 3, 2018
Then there's Josef, who feels his day is incomplete without cuddling and playing with his little nephew.
Today is Autism Awareness Day, and people know about it and people don’t know about it. Learn about it.— Josef (@Youngjoe__) April 2, 2018
Shoutout to my nephew Masen I love you little dude you know I’ve got you, would give it all to make sure you’re beyond good. #AutismAwareness pic.twitter.com/C1i6pvMMcp
Shantal's brother has difficulty communicating and when he came crying, asking why he isn't a 'normal person', Shantal told him the best thing anyone could have — that he is not different from anyone, he's just 'unique in his own way'. *eyes welling up*
its April Autism awareness month 💙 my brother has a hard time communicating which frustrates him. He came crying to me on day & asked me why can’t he just be a normal person. I started balling my eyes out & said he’s no different than anyone, he’s just unique in his own way 💘 pic.twitter.com/tYj3MpuVkd— Shantal 💝 (@sshantaall) April 3, 2018
Jianna Rose shared some sketches by her baby brother along with some inspirational words.
Autism is far from a disability! It's more of a gift. I mean just look at my baby bro. His freehand drawings never cease to amaze me! So the next time you see an autistic person, think of what they CAN do, not what they can't. 💙 #AutismAwarenessMonth pic.twitter.com/Tcz3Mo4B7q— Jianna Rose 🌹 (@jianna_rose) April 3, 2018
A father, afflicted with autism, talked about his son, who is autistic, too — saying it has made them who they are and he couldn't have been prouder of his son. Positive reinforcement anyone?
It’s #WorldAutismAwarenessDay ! I’m the autistic father (I was diagnosed 3 years ago) of a wonderful son who also happens to have autism. It has made us who we are and I could not be more proud of him. pic.twitter.com/2MUJodPKwz— Jorge R. Gutierrez (@mexopolis) April 2, 2018
Happy #WorldAutismAwarenessDay !— Adriana Nava (@navavillanava) April 3, 2018
I’d like to take the last moments of today to ask everyone who sees this to take three minutes to learn about how Autism and the stigma surrounding it affects kids like my wonderful little brother pic.twitter.com/HRsbinAmOg
Inspired? We definitely are. So, the next time you think a challenge is bogging you down, think of these bravehearts and keep fighting the good fight with your chins up!