World Autism Awareness Day April 2, 2011

Bubbles journey as an autism assistance dog in training continues as she and I both embrace the challenges of adolescence in a pup. From our own private corner in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. we continue to socialize and establish reliable behaviors wherever we go balanced with appropriate play and rest. I rely on Bean to model appropriate public displays whenever possible.

On a much larger scale, we herald the impending arrival of the 4th annual World Autism Awareness Day.

“World Autism Awareness Day shines a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities help to increase and develop world knowledge of the autism epidemic and  impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe.

By bringing together autism organizations all around the world, we will give a voice to the millions of individuals worldwide who are undiagnosed, misunderstood and looking for help. Please join us in our effort to inspire compassion, inclusion and hope.”

Ignorance and fear are some of the common responses people have towards those who are different. Autism is a spectrum disorder with many manifestations but developing social norms is a significant challenge for all and what person doesn’t deserve to be treated with dignity and respect despite being different?

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Taking a break from doing "a lot of nothing" in public.