Sunday, April 1, 2012

Happy Autism Awareness Month!

Ah, April. Time to tweak everyone's allergy medicines, work on next year's IEP, and celebrate Autism Awareness Month.

After being told for the zillionth time that my kids don't "look autistic," I asked you guys to send me photos so I could make a video of what autism really looks like.

You guys totally delivered. I received photos from adults with autism, and parents of kids on the spectrum. And all of these photos are beautiful and amazing.

Here's the final cut. I hope I didn't miss anyone. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for sharing these photos of your families. I hope this spreads even a tiny bit of awareness of what autism really looks like.



I would especially like to thank The Eli Story for graciously allowing me to use their song Titles We Hold for the video! You can check out their website, like them on Facebook, and find their music on iTunes! (On iTunes, search for "The Eli Story.") They have a new album out this month, and if you're in the Chicago area, they're playing at the March of Dimes Walk at Grant Park on April 29.


Um, yeah. How much do I love a band with the tagline "Quirky. Nerdy. Fun."?
The Eli Story, in superhero mode.

30 comments:

  1. Thank you so, so much for doing this. I was crying so much seeing all of these beautiful people I almost missed the shot of my son!
    I love, love, love this project.

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  2. Thank you for making this. It is beautiful. I showed it to Haydn and he grinned when he saw his face pop up.

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  3. Beautiful! Zac and his brothers and I watched it together. Thanks for putting this together!

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  4. Beautiful! Thanks for doing this. Zac and his brothers and I watched it together. When Zac saw himself he said "I see cow!"

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  5. What a beautiful video! Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Awesome! Thanks so much for doing this.

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  7. AJ and I love the video! He laughed when his face came up, and danced to the music...and insisted that we watch it again. :) Thank you for including us in your project!

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  8. Love it!! Thanks again for doing this!!

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  9. A new Movement has started and is spreading like wildfire…please check it out and share
    If you have a child/grandchild, brother, sister, or friend with autism and if they weren't born with it - please join Autism Mothers for their worldwide photographic event on World Autism Awareness Day. Go NOW to the NOT BORN WITH IT event page and post a picture of the child/adult with autism, together with their first name and a short comment.1 in 88 and so many NOT BORN WITH IT. Enough is Enough

    The event page is here:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/333401013384098/

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  10. Thank you so much for this amazing video! And thank you for including my kiddo:-)

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  11. Beautiful! I loved seeing my boy, and everyone else's addorable kids.

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  12. THANK YOU! How wonderful and moving. I am going to share this with everyone. If I had a dollar for every time I've heard 'he doesn't look autistic'....well, you know.

    Thanks again from Nick (2 min 47 second in) 's mom!

    Claire

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  13. This was so awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing. Helen S.

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  14. I love the video. It's fantastic!

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  15. Thank you!
    I wish I could share it on my blog. People need to remember, we are all just people!

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  16. Thanks for putting this together. My son was watched it with me and got so excited when I showed it to him.

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  17. Nice job - thanks for your labors in putting it together. It's a gift.

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  18. Yes! That's one of my pet peeves too! So much so I also made a video (An animation but with the same sentiment) www.youtube.com/watch?v=ruwXLq_Vr98

    Great job! Congrats.

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  19. This is wonderful!

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  20. That is great. I just found out that my nephew is autistic. He is older. The diagnosis was made, but for whatever reason, the dr didn't tell the parents. But, I read that really isn't an uncommon thing.

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  21. The video was wonderful. Thank you SRMM for doing this. I believe it will make a difference to all of those, like me, who don't have a child with autism in the family to know such children look like --- everyone.

    One question, though. My impression was that there seemed to be many more boys than girls on the video. Is that just random nature of the photos you received, or is autism more prevalent in boys? Thanks.

    ~physicsmom

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    1. Hi PhysicsMom,
      Yes, you're right. The last stat I heard was 1 in 6 children with autism is a girl.

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  22. This was beautiful on so many levels...

    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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  23. Beautiful. Thank you so much for including us.
    Such a beautiful collection of beautiful faces :)

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  24. Thank you for including my son! It's beautiful.

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