I collected a few words of encouragement from the people in my support circle — from friends to doctors — to write inspiring passages about autism. Just because you or your loved one has autism does not mean it is the end of the world and you can still live happy, engaging, productive lives
“…Inspires my respect and admiration”
~Karilyn Gomez, Certified Awesomism Practitioner with Suzy Miller
It is such a joy and perception changer to connect with people on the autism spectrum. Invariably, whether it is through energetically connecting with the Collective Consciousness of the Children or listening to Amber speak, I am offered an expanded way to experience the world…. a vastly expanded multidimensional view! These brilliant beings are steeped in wisdom and love. They will not be bound by old paradigms and diagnoses. They are showing us new ways of being all the time. Pushing our buttons, yes, and yet always offering us the opportunity to look deeper to find new ways to understand each other, fresh ways to communicate.
People on the spectrum challenge us to look beyond behavior, to again expand our perceptions and let go of old beliefs and ‘shoulds.’ These amazing beings are showing us the new human, which is ripe with potentials and possibilities. They will touch every part of society with much needed innovative changes. I find this hugely exciting!
~Katherine A. Loveland, Ph.D. is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the director of the C.L.A.S.S. Clinic and Center for Human Development Research at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
In the course of my many years of work with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) I have learned much about them that inspires my respect and admiration. Though every person is an individual, as a group, people with ASD have a quality of honesty that is refreshing, because it is so rare in our society. I also admire the courage of those with ASD who have pushed forward against many challenges to achieve productive and often creative lives. I wish more people would come to appreciate the essential humanity of our brothers and sisters with ASD