Wednesday, April 29, 2009

What about Wednesday?

When I first heard “What about Wednesday” my mind automatically went to Wednesday’s child. So I have decided that most of my Wednesday blogs will be about our most precious resource. Our children.

Most of our members at RQQ have children and many of us have grandchildren. As good parents we do everything we can to protect our children but there are some things we just can’t protect them against. One of those being Autism.

April is Autism Awareness month so I wanted to make you aware of this disease, if you were not already aware. The odds of being diagnosed with Autism is 1 in 150. It is a complex disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. It impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors. It can be diagnosed as early as 6 months now but is more commonly found around age 3.

I have been blessed that none of my three children or seven grandchildren have this disease. I have however met several of these special children. I have been blessed to get to know some of their parents and siblings. Life is not easy for these families. I am so in awe of the strength of character it takes for these parents to carry on and stand strong. They have tried many of the newest treatments, some of which are controversial. I can only say that I would have to be in their shoes to know what I would do.

I am also proud that my favorite NASCAR driver, Elliott Sadler, is a huge supporter of Autism Awareness. His family has been touched by Autism. Another driver that is a strong supporter is Jamie McMurray. In fact Autism Speaks is one of the family of NASCAR charities. Autism Speaks is one of the main charities that I often contribute part of the proceeds of my Dallas Cowboy items to thru Mission Fish on eBay.

Please take the time to learn more about Autism so that when you encounter one of these special children you can approach them with love and some understanding.

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  1. Great post! My grandson was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (a disorder within the autism spectrum) about 3 years ago. It's been a struggle, but he's now in regular classes and doing well. I'm in awe of his dad (my son) who has been a stalwart advocate for his son. He has stood against teachers and school administrators to get his son the things he needs to succeed. It is a struggle, but so worth it.

  2. Oh Lee what a wonderful blog today! I know of a few kiddos with Autism as well. This is also a topic we will be discussing in my class in the next few weeks.