For years I have worked tirelessly to give my voice to autism, both through training providers about family-centered care and training parents to become advocates for themselves and their children. I have always tried to capture my son Josh’s story accurately, and have struggled with feeling authentic. Do I share my story or his?
When Josh became a teenager he no longer wanted me to share his story, so I worked at refining mine. When I was unable to do that, I stepped away from speaking publically about autism.
Our journey has been quite an adventure! Many ups and downs and everything in between.
In January Josh decided to make a video about his struggles with autism. He presented his story to the entire student body at a Martin Luther King assembly at his high school, Nathan Hale. His voice speaks volumes more than I ever could.
Thank you, Josh. I’m so proud of you! Keep talking…your voice matters!