Bringing awareness to disabilities is a cause all of us should support. I often think of my mother, who spent 52 years of her life with full use of her limbs only to be left paralyzed by a stroke 7 years ago. Disability is not a "them" issue, it's an "us" issue because it has the capacity to affect all of us indirectly or directly.
I worked with children with disabilities for many years before I became the mother of two children with autism. Never in a million years did I ever think that I would be impacted in such a profound way and nothing could prepare me for the twists and turns that I have faced trying to navigate our lives in the most productive, beneficial way possible.
Today, I am fully committed to raising awareness of autism as well as other disabilities not only for my own children but for others as well. We have to be the voice of advocacy, demanding change and supporting those causes that are most important to improving the life outcomes for people who live with a disability every day.