My cousin has autism. When people we know learn about his diagnosis, their initial reactions are “oh, I’m so sorry to hear that!” While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it still just doesn’t feel like a good thing. First and foremost, Mikey is a person: who has hobbies, interests, intellect and feelings, even though you can’t always distinguish what those feelings are in the moment he’s feeling them due to his autism.
Because of that emotion-to-action disconnect, Mikey’s autism has landed us in
some many awkward social situations. In the moment, these awkward events make us feel embarrassed: as if we have to explain ourselves, Mikey, and his autism constantly. But, the truth is, we don’t owe anyone that explanation; we owe ourselves the permission to look back on these events with a smile — maybe even a good laugh — and appreciate the life lessons that awkward moment taught all people involved.
We hope this blog will serve as a forum for you to discuss you and your family’s au-kward moments with others who can empathize. It’s meant to be light, fun, and fulfilling.
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