I am on a mission to present Autism with a positive approach. No more sad, impossible stories about autism. No more watching children have meltdowns on television for me. That is all that television and newpapers want to show.
Nope, I am on a mission to show a positive side to autism....I know, I know...Autism has its downside....all life does. It is called life.
No one, not even the most "normal" person has it easy. We all have to get along with people who do, or do not, want to get along with us.
I ran into an old friend from school at lunch today. I sat and talked with her and her mother for over an hour (I did not intend to , but I got to rambling)...I noticed a mother walk into the restaurant with her little girl (who has Down's Syndrome).
When they got up to leave, they walked by our table. I said, "What a beautiful child". Her mother looked into my eyes and smiled.
I hope people do not get the impression that I say these things to get a pat on the back...
I say these things because I want people to be aware of their surroundings and that their are differently-abled people everywhere.
Their parent's need to know that we care and we are there to help....
My friend Cynthia said, "Wow, that was amazing how the Mother connected to you"...I told her I have to talk to everyone, but especially parent's with children with disabilities. They need to know that they are not alone and that people see the beauty in their children.
I left there and went to my grocery store. As I was leaving, I heard buzzing..there was my other new friend Andrew (whom I met last week)...I said, "Hi Andrew"...He said, "Hi Jeanette"...my day was made..he remembered me.
If media will not portray our children with all of their beauty and everything that goes with it...not just the gloom and doom...then it is my job to do so.
Get ready America...we are coming...we will be stronger than any Warrior Mom...we have been around longer and we know the drill. We have age and wisdom on our side...we have withstood the good and the bad...we have met challenges and won. We will win the battle of the media also.
Does anyone know Oprah's direct phone number?