As much as I wish I could speak for my Autistic niece Shelby… I can’t. And as much I wish I could scream and shout for all of the injustices that she and her parents have had to deal with on a daily basis… that wouldn’t do any good either. So, from my faraway corner of the world, I find peace and satisfaction when I can share some of the specific things that have helped to clarify things for me a bit. Or have helped me find an even greater sense of hope for Shelby’s future.
We have a 5-year-old niece who is Autistic. With years of help from the Cleveland Clinic, she has made dramatic improvements — and she continues to do so, on a daily basis. But I changed my way of thinking about Autism last Christmas when Jim’s parents shared with everyone a photocopied list of ’10 Things Every Child With Autism Wishes You Knew’.