Notes From Home is doing a link on activism and I thought this would be a great opportunity to remind people why I blog. If you have read some of my posts, you may have realised that I write quite a lot about my experiences as a mum of an autistic son. This need to share my experiences emerged from a period in my life in which I found myself constantly battling with someone or something, whether it was seeking a diagnosis for my son, dealing with his mental health problems or the relentless battle with the education system. It was also during this time that I encountered many people, including some relatives and friends, who tended to blame me and my husband for our son’s behaviour, a blame that turned into disbelief when we received a diagnosis of ASD for our son. I think because my son was not obviously physically impaired people could not, or would not, see that he had a disability. As well as this, we have experienced members of the public standing and staring at us, even commenting sometimes, when our son acts in ways that are not deemed socially acceptable. Sometimes I wish people would just ask me if everything is OK and give me an opportunity to explain that he is autistic. Unfortunately they don’t and I can understand why they don’t because they probably feel unsure about the situation unfolding in front of them, probably because they do not have any understanding of what it is to be autistic. I’m sure I would be the same if I was in their shoes.
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