Autism Awareness Month – Please help us by sharing the video

Autism Awareness

A Video for Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month which was kicked off with “Light it up Blue” ; a fantastic initiative to generate awareness in the many communities around the world. We participated by lighting up our house in blue. It was easy because we hadn’t taken down the Christmas lights yet and it was so convenient that they happened to be blue. Albeit, I am not sure how much interest or awareness we created because no one asked why on earth we had our Christmas lights on in April which would have given us an opportunity to answer.

Being the parent of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder “ASD” I believe that any chance we get to promote awareness is of great benefit not only to Autism but to other plights as well. It’s important to me that acceptance and inclusion of everyone makes our world an easier and better place to live. I have watched my son learn and grow in his school community and I see his peers supporting him in ways I never could have imagined. I have witnessed how important this is to the school community as a whole. It builds esteem for all because they are working together. Every child involved feels included and I am grateful for that.

So what to do now that “Light it Up Blue” has come and gone…

April 2, 2011 was World Autism Awareness Day but for me it doesn’t end there. This year I wanted to do more. I had started this year compiling some video of the kids and found some really beautiful moments. Not really knowing what I wanted to do with these and since “home movies” are only exciting for those involved I simply filed them.

Then inspiration hit again. Jodi and I recorded a song we ‘channeled’ called “Feel”. I prefer ‘channel’ to actually saying I wrote it. I’ll explain another day. As a result, it felt like the only right thing to do with this song was to put it to video and then ask for your help in spreading the message for the “Autism Awareness” campaign.

So won’t you please join us and help by sharing via a click of a button…

We would like to generate as much awareness as possible throughout the remainder of this month. You can access the video link above or right here “Feel”. We are very grateful that you would do this with us. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Here are some quick stats on Autism via “Autism Speaks Canada”

Together with Autism Speaks, the founding organization in the United States, Autism Speaks Canada has grown into North America’s largest autism science, awareness and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

The statistics are shocking:

  • 1 out of every 110 children will be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Four times as many boys than girls will be diagnosed:1 in 70
  • Autism is more prevalent than pediatric cancer, AIDS and diabetes combined.
  • It can cost $80-$100K each year to treat someone with autism.
  • There is no medical detection for autism.
  • There is no known cure.
  • Autism doesn’t ‘go away’ .. it is a lifelong condition.

Join with us as we work to effect change for the Canadian autism community.

Autism Speaks .. its time to listen.


2 Responses to Autism Awareness Month – Please help us by sharing the video

  1. Laurel says:

    Bill & Jodi,
    I am so moved and touched by this song and video. I am the proud mother of a child with autism.
    We knew at a very young age that he was “different” than his twin sister in temperament, irregular play, not interacting. He was diagnosed as moderate to severe when he was 6 by the wonderful team at the Glenrose Rehab. Hospital. He is now 11 years old, in Grade 6 at Dr. Donald Massey School. Regular classroom & curriculum pulling off B’s & C’s BUT amazingly he has gotten nothing less than an A in music since Grade One.
    Our family is musical…Dad sings, oldest son plays piano, sax,& bass, daughter is into voice & dance and I’m in a local rock band. Music is varied, questionable but always loud in our home.
    Liam and I started drumming on our worn out carpet in the living room to a CD I burned with 80’s covers with heavy drums, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, The Go Go’s, The Knack etc. I gave him the heaviest set of drum sticks that I could find (I found out years later that this is a technique that is used by physical therapists!) and we would drum together eventually adding cookie tins, pots, built up symbols etc.
    At 9 years old, Axe Music (thank you Heather Pinches, who also has an autistic son) found a teacher who agreed to work with Liam. He excelled in the classes and loved drumming especially Queen. Liam has now moved onto vocal lessons and musical theatre.
    My point in telling you this….yes,,celebrate the child, celebrate their gifts, look to see their shining star, encourage and praise and build their confidence and explore their desires because when they find it, whatever “it” will be…they will thrive.
    I love that your piece so well expresses that. Autism is not a disability…it’s just hidden abilities.
    Best wishes & thank you.
    Laurel Stewart-Downs (C2C Band)

  2. Bill Marples says:

    Thank you Laurel,
    I too am moved by your experience and I thank you for sharing. I am always impressed in the ways families work with the abilities and it’s obvious Liam is blessed with a musical family who recognized his gifts. So inspiring!
    Sharing similar stories is so profoundly wonderful because it connects us for all the right reasons.
    I wish you and your family continued success in all of your musical endeavours and who knows… maybe Liam will be up on the stage one day soon sharing his gifts for everyone to enjoy.
    Bill Marples

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