April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day again, and, like last year, I’m using the holiday as an opportunity to go off topic because my son Porter was diagnosed with Autism when he was three. I wrote about my experiences with Porter’s autism last year, and little has changed from that account. Over the past year, Porter has continued to do well in school, especially academically, and he’s made good progress this year making friends and interacting with the other kids at school, an area he’s traditionally had trouble with.
So this year I’ll just point out some good links if you want to learn more about autism. Here’s the official website for World Autism Awareness Day. There’s a touching post on Right Pundits, and Mark Foster has some interesting thoughts on Deconstructing Neurelitism. And here’s the Autism Speaks page for today’s holiday, and they also have a page for sponsored events.
I think I’m going to initiate my own tradition beginning this year, drinking a Porter each year on April 2 in support of Autism Awareness. Won’t you join me?
Porter this morning in our backyard.
And practicing the newly found sport of making funny faces.
What a great kid! I’m glad you took a beer break to remind us of these worldwide efforts.