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Autism Awareness:

What I want you to know from a parents perspective.

I am a mom of a child diagnosed with autism.
I want you to know, no two children are alike. Children with autism see things different from you and me.  My child analyzes doors when they shut.  We shut a door and think nothing of it.  When he shuts a door, he is zoning in on the different parts and trying to understand how it’s able to close.  That is just one small example of my child’s uniqueness.
I want you to know that when we hear a car beep it may not be a big deal, but when they hear it beep it can sound extremely loud and feel like its right next to their ears.  Sometimes his senses are on overload and something he hears may cause him to have a meltdown.
I want you to know that my child may not want to play with other kids and may be perfectly fine playing in his own world.
I want you to know parents are dealing with a lot.  They may not be able to work, which causes financial hardship.  There are not a lot of programs that support children diagnosed with autism.
I want you to know it’s not polite to stare at us when our children are in public in the middle of a meltdown.
I want you to know when our children were first diagnosed it was devastating and scary. At the beginning they are fine and hitting all the milestones and then BAM.  Overnight they stop speaking. They stop showing eye contact and stop communicating with us.  Just stop and imagine how devastating that is for a parent.
I want you to know that it’s okay to include my child to your child events.
I want you to know that my child may not be able to communicate with you but hear you and understand the negative things you are saying about him.
I want you to know it is not okay to talk about my child in front of your child because its rude and because your child will spread the information to the next child which causes people to whisper about me and my child.
I want you to know its okay to teach your child about autism because if you do, it will cut back on the stigma that it’s placed on my child.
Last but not least, I want you to know that even though its Autism Awareness month, in our house autism awareness takes place everyday.
My name is Celeste Viciere. I am the founder and creator of Uniting Autism. Uniting Autism is a free moderated online support group dedicated to supporting parents and caregivers of children with autism. I have 4 children. Two of them I adopted. One of them has a diagnoses of autism. He came to live with me at 5 years old. For the first 2 years I struggled with learning about autism. He will be 9 years old in June. I am still learning about him. Because of my struggle. I promised myself I would support other parents going through this journey. If you want to be a part of the online support group you can go to To contact Celeste directly you can email her at