What follows was posted on my blog, Diary of a Mom last night. I apologize for the duplication, but I'm on a mission. I'm hoping that by reposting here on Hopeful Parents, I can spread the word even further. Perhaps YOU will be moved to join the conversation too. If enough of us stand up and shout, I am convinced that we will be heard.
So, as I say in the post, if you read the letter and agree with its sentiment, I would be grateful if you would leave a comment to that effect on the Light the White House Blue for Autism site (below). Thank you, from the bottom of my soggy little heart.
Yesterday afternoon, I was asked to write a letter to the President.
I thought perhaps they meant the president of the PTO or maybe the president of the local Kiwanis club, but it turned out they meant, you know, the big guy. Like the leader of the free world. THE President. Like of the United States of America.
So really, no pressure.
But as it turned out, there was a good reason for it, so I was game.
The point of the letter was to tell President Obama why I think that he needs to light the White House blue on April 2nd in support of World Autism Awareness Day. And from the bottom of my heart, I do.
Please click the link below and read the letter. If you find that you agree with its sentiment, I'd be grateful if you'd leave a comment ON THE SITE to that effect. Please then feel free to share it with friends (via the link below) and ask them to do the same.
Please don't get me wrong.
Awareness is not the goal.
But it is the only means by which we can reach it.
Jess can be found at Diary of a Mom where she writes about life with her husband Luau* and their beautiful daughters - newly minted ten year-old Katie*, an utterly fabulous typically a-typical fourth grader, and just shy of eight year-old, Brooke*, a loving, talented, hilarious second grader who has autism.
She also runs the Diary of a Mom Facebook page, a warm and supportive community of parents, friends, adults on the autism spectrum and some random people in her life who cared enough to hit 'Like' and probably now wonder what they got themselves into.