Autism Awareness Month – Please help us by sharing the video

April 5, 2011

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.


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Has Your Greatest Fear Ever Come True

July 15, 2010

Question: What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?

People judge us all the time, or so it seems, and the harshest judgements seemingly come from those who are closest to us in our friends and our family. While this may seem true, I believe that getting down to the core (stripping back the layers) of what is actually true that you will find it is really you judging yourself in that big mirror. That judgement comes from fear and fear is what holds us back.

Think about it for a second. Go back to a moment in your life when you were about to step out on a limb and you stopped dead in your tracks because the voice inside your head was saying “You can’t do that, everyone will think you’re crazy”.  You know that you should step out onto that limb because that is where the fruit is and when you look out onto that limb, there is a lot of room to move out there because everyone else is holding on to the trunk for safety.

Making a Decision

Holding on to that trunk for a long time can be extremely painful and eventually the arms and legs will fatigue and then finally stop serving you.  Somewhere along the way you will have to do something about it before it is too late. You have two choices:

  • Do nothing and continue holding on for dear life until you exit unfulfilled – OR – go out on that limb to where the fruit is.

Fact is we all have to make big decisions in life hopefully before it is too late. Making a decision liberates us; it frees us from the cage. There is this thing called the “Knowing-Doing” gap. This is where we know what to do and it comes from within and we just need to stop and listen. You see, it is our fear(s) that stops us from actually doing it. Fear of being judged, fear of rejection, fear of failure and so on. Let’s look at it more closely though and ask yourself, “Has your greatest fear ever come true”? I would guess that for most of us probably not even close.

Stepping out on that Limb in Awareness

My partner and best friend Jodi recently asked me this: “Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?”  I can say for certain that I was holding on to that trunk and I am so grateful that she asked me that question. As a result I began working on increasing my own awarness resulting in thinking a little deeper and listening more to those who have ventured out on to that limb and succeeded. They have confirmed that there is life out there on that limb and that you can begin to breathe again. You can see everything around you more clearly and it fills your heart with gratitude. They will also share that you needn’t worry about the others “holding on” back at the trunk either because you have just showed them a way and they now know it is possible. I say this because you cannot convince anyone of anything until their moment arrives and they are now aware that they need to do something different in order to get different results. Awareness is huge when we step out and awareness is so often small or lost when we get bogged down with the day to day activities of just trying to survive and “hold on”.  Awareness is also a choice and by choice we can do what we came here to do. Just know that it is never too late to come into awareness and make a decision.

I would like to leave you with a fitting song from Quiet Evolution called “Liars & Lovers”

Good luck on your journey and we would love it if you would share your successes.