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A Day of Remembrance

rememberanceAs we enter April, surely everyone with an internet connection is well aware that it is Autism Awareness Month. Indeed, you cannot surf very far without reading about this organization or that holding a walk, run, bake sale, or shirt sale in effort to increase the general public’s awareness of autism.

I mean, it has to be on behalf of the general public, right? Because adult autistic self-advocates are already very aware. Parents are keenly aware of their children’s autism. Many autistic children are aware of their autism. Our community doesn’t need the awareness message. And so, with that, I propose that any Autism Awareness message this month be based on real issues within our community. The autism community must make the Rainman focused, Temple Grandin quoting general public aware of what is really going on here. 1:68 means nothing – unless you have 1 or 2 of those 68. Lighting your porch blue does nothing if you don’t follow that up with action or education.

Today, April 1st, is being set aside as A Day of Remembrance. Today, members of the autism community representing parents, self-advocates, family and friends of autistics are taking time out to remember the children and adult autistics who have lost their lives due  to wandering, or elopement. Today, wespread education rather than pseudo-awareness.

Today, let us remember.

Since 2011, nearly 100 autistics have died as a result of elopement.

I’ll say that again. In the relatively short period of time between 2011 and now, nearly 100 persons with autism have died as a result of wandering away from home or school.
It’s time, folks. It’s time to come together and form one cohesive voice. We must find a way to keep our family safe. Increased breakthroughs in safety, education, and therapies are going to be necessary to combat wandering. Increasing “awareness” of autism will not keep our children safe, but maybe increasing understanding of the challenges within our community will.

Blogger extraordinaire, Jill Smo, of “Yeah. Good Times.” has started a movement to unite our voices. On this one day, regardless of whether you are anti-vaxx or pro-vaxx, biomed or not, an adult self-advocate or parent, we are uniting to remember the lost loved ones in our community. Take a moment. Say a prayer. Light a candle. Send out positive energy. Whatever you feel comfortable doing, please do. And share. Share this photo. Use it as your profile pic on Facebook, Tweet it or Pin it. But add your voice. And let’s make some noise for those who can no longer be heard.

To read more about A Day of Remembrance, please visit these blogs:

Candlelight Vigil for Autistic Children Who Have Lost their Lives after Wandering – The Connor Chronicles

A Candle for Every Autistic Child Lost Wandering – Sailing Autistic Seas

Wal-Mart Awakening – Beyond the Dryer Vent

I Will Not be a Broken Record This Year – Four Plus an Angel

Autistic Wandering is No Joke – Autism is a Trip

In Remembrance of Children with Autism who Lost their Lives after Wandering – Journeying Outside My Box

When the Unthinkable Happens – Stay at Home Crazy

Outrunning Andrew: When our Children with Autism Wander –

Candlelight Vigil Tonight –  Tiny Grace Notes (Ask an Autistic)

Join Us in Remembering the Lost – The A Word



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