Adventures With Aspergers
We walk every year for a few reasons. The most important one is for Ryann. We feel that being there on walk day and supporting her and the other families is important for her to see and feel. There is a "feeling" on walk day. Its a feeling of inclusion and acceptance and it "feels" good.
Another is so that Autism Speaks can continue doing important research and being a valuable resource for families who need it. There are so many questions about ASD, and even 4 years in we learn something new almost daily. Imagine a disorder, where there are far more questions than answers. Where no 2 individuals with the same diagnosis present the same way. We need Autism Speaks to continue providing us new information.
And last but certainly not least, for awareness. Raising awareness has become an important part of our lives. We proudly change our exterior light bulbs to blue every April. We talk to people about Ryann and how she lives with autism, hoping to raise awareness. We hear over and over again that "she looks normal" or "you would never be able to tell" and we know people mean well when they say it but it just goes to show how little awareness there is. Autism doesn't "look" a certain way.
I am hopeful that there will come a day when Ryann isn't told to smile more and be more like so and so. That people will understand that she will not be the most outgoing girl in the room or that she won't be the first one to start a conversation. Someday I hope that more people realize all the things that are unique to her and ASD are some of the things that we love the most about her.
Thank you all for your support!
We would love to have you join our walk team- it's my favorite day of the year. Seeing all of our friends and family there to support Ryann makes my heart unbelievably happy. Please join us!