Sometimes you come across someone who manages to ‘tell it as it is’ in a way you might never achieve. This article by Carrie Cariello does exactly that for me — http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/as-a-parent-of-a-child-with-autism-this-is-what-i-want-you-to-know-about-my-family-10081619.html
Whilst there are differences in our children – Ian has never been ‘overwhelmed’ by the outside world, is not inclined to panic attacks, and probably doesn’t communicate quite as well as this lad – there are also great similarities.
But when she writes “You can ask me anything. Please, ask me anything.” it brings tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat, because it is such a desperate plea. Indeed, we would give anything to be asked, rather than have our children stared at, commented on, or (mis)judged behind our backs.
I found this article moving, but also incredibly heartening and strong. I thank you, Carrie Cariello, for setting down the words I couldn’t find.