My nephew is one of the heroes in my life. He is 21 years old and is autistic. He works at a local grocery store and a local church. He is involved in his local Young Life Capernaum group and is a strong believer. I have watched him grow up with this debilitating disorder. He is doing well, but it takes a village to raise, support and care for a child with autism. His family has made the choice to sacrifice to help him navigate in this world. That sacrifice is done out of LOVE and I so admire all of them for the way they work through all the myriads of issues that come with a child, a sibling, a friend who has autism. This is a picture of us at his sister’s wedding a few years ago. I love this picture!
I will be posting again this month about my relationship with my nephew and a few of the fun projects we have worked on during his weekend visits to my house! Keep checking back. And if you are not aware of the realities of the autism spectrum of disorders, please check out more information here and here.
What can you do? Change your facebook cover shot to this one. Post about it on your facebook status. Tweet about autism. Give to organizations that are working to help autistic families. Get a blue light. Talk to your friend about their autistic child, because I am sure you know someone. LIGHT IT UP BLUE. Please! Thank you!