We often hear descriptive phrases such as "Affected by Autism" and "Living with Autism" to describe the experience of knowing someone or being someone who has a diagnosis of Autism. These phrases, although not degrading or insulting necessarily, seem to reinforce a sense of Autism happening to someone.
Let's consider for a moment the impact and the sense of empowerment and hope using a phrase such as "Alive with Autism" to describe the experience of knowing or being someone with Autism can have on a person or family. A person with Autism is not merely existing... and they are not a victim of Autism like someone afflicted with the plague would be. When one is Alive with Autism, they are engaged in various, rich, life experiences. They are challenged to grow and learn, but they are not challenged as a description of their being.
To empower a family or a person with Autism to be Alive with Autism gives them the strength and ability to live a meaningful, purposeful life and to embrace both the amazing and challenging times equally as they strive to be their best selves.
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