Autism is Not about Wins and Losses

This won’t take long.

The New York Times has published an article entitled “The Kids Who Beat Autism.”  A response was published in a New York Times blog post called “The Kids Who Don’t Beat Autism.”   These are both helpful posts.   There is just one problem.   This division limits families to one of two options.  Either we win or we lose.

Twenty plus years as a parent of a child with Autism has taught me this one thing.  Autism is not a win or lose proposition.

Autism is life.  Some things are easy and others hard.  Some are fun and others sad.  Just like life.

My dad wanted me to become a baseball player.  I hated baseball.  Loved basketball.   How would he have written the post?  My kid who can’t play baseball?  My kid who can play basketball?  We are never our victories or defeats.  We are simply ourselves.

I love every informational as well as inspirational piece I read on Autism.  These two articles are actually great reads.  The authors do a great job of sharing their perspective.

I simply wish we could decide Autism is life.

There doesn’t have to be a win or  loss.  We can simply enjoy life.  The hard and easy.  The joyful and sad.   All of it is discovery, family, and hopefully destiny…that moment when we realize we were meant to be together.

For those like me, who love their child with Autism, let’s  not score wins or loses.  Let’s embrace life!

About Russ Ewell

Since 1994 I have been devoted to the research and application of innovative technology solutions to education. My passion for these pursuits has been driven by my experience as a parent of children with special needs. During the economic technological growth explosion of the 1990's I was lived and worked in Silicon Valley, and was fortunate enough to find a group of people with similar interests and passions. As a result I was able to launch a non-profit called Hope Technology Group whose mission became advancing the use of technology in education. We eventually launched Hope Technology School, which has used technology to build a fascinating and effective educational program that practices full inclusion. Around the same time, I was fortunate enough to develop and build an awarding winning program called E-Soccer with the help of great friends and excellent coaches. These endeavors have left me with a continuing hunger to learn more about the possibilites of education, technology, and inclusion.

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