In our home it’s a gift to have Aspergers. That’s what we believe and that’s what our son believes to his core. While researchers and scientists continue their quest to discover the source of Autism, I know I love my son exactly for who and what he is.
His uniqueness and contributions to the world seem advanced, and his intense interests and thought processes are from a different mind, literally. What a gift! This, of course, is not without its challenges but I’ve always felt privileged to raise a son on the spectrum. Because of this, I believe that a mother feeling ‘blame’ should never come into the equation.
Autism is a neurological condition and whether that’s altered or affected by environment, virus or pre-determined, the mother never decides to have a child with autism. So why feel blame? It should never come into the equation unless you allow negative finger-pointers near, so always keep those at a distance or at the very least, know they are ignorant.
So as discussions arise on the causes of Autism, don’t take anything personally because you did not choose for your child to be on the spectrum. You should know we all understand each other’s plight, and be mindful that there is no blame involved. There is only life and how we choose to roll with what’s been presented to us.
By Jennifer Allen
Gabriela Lemos was born in Porto Alegre, Brasil, and was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently a student at UTSA, graduating in December 2014 with a Bachelor degree in English. Brie states that she loves language and words, and the way in which people communicate with each other. She has always been interested and attracted to the autism community. “I find those on the spectrum to be incredible in so many ways, and I believe we can all learn from each other in our different strengths and weaknesses. I would love to use my talents to aid those who are not as strong in areas which I have confidence, and in turn receive an infinite amount of lessons and aid from those who I work with. Everything you send out, comes back to you, and I plan to practice sending out love and compassion every day”. We feel so fortunate to offer Brie’s talent of writing as well as her passion for autism awareness every week through our Aspergers101 Weekly.