CafePress giveaway for Autism Awareness month

In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The United States recognizes April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues as_naam2014_badge_250x250_webready_1within the autism community.

My son has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome (or what some call High Functioning Autism); and we suspect his father, his grandfather and uncle are as well, but when you know an Aspie you start seeing them everywhere! So, I jumped at this chance to celebrate Autism – and that’s what I think it should be.

It may be controversial (everyone has their own opinion) but I think kids with Autism are just wired differently and are fabulous the way they are – our family specifically isn’t seeking a cure, but awareness and understanding.  Sure, there are frustrations, but don’t all of us have exasperating parts of our autism_embrace_differences_oval_stickerpersonalities? The good news here is there is a “diagnosis” and thus a way to work through issues and gain an understanding of how an Autistic mind works differently if you or your child is Autistic.

My son was diagnosed the summer after his 2nd grade in school and at that time we struggled with whether or not to even seek a diagnosis, but when he started having social and academic issues at school we decided it was time and we couldn’t be happier with our decision. Having an IEP and having access to resources so my son can learn to work well with others and work with his way of thinking have made all the difference in his life. Here’s a bit more about our story if you’re interested.

So, when CafePress gave me a chance to tout their merchandise and offer all of you a $25 giautism_operating_system_jr_raglanft card to buy your own, I couldn’t pass it up! They let me pick my own products and these reflect my feelings on the subject. First:

Love this “Embrace Differences Oval Sticker “ and it will go on my car! 🙂 What a great way to celebrate the folks with Autism who we love just the way they are!

We’re a family of Geeks and as such, this

Autism Operating System Raglan Tshirt
tickled my funny bone, but is a poignant aspergers_square_coasterway to tell the same story. I’m proud of my son and he’s not broken, he’s just different.

And last, is funny – to be fair my son rolled his eyes at this one, but my daughter cracked up, so I opted for a coaster I could use on my desk. If you don’t get this one, I’m sure you’ll work it out, but this Asperger awareness coaster was a light way to celebrate Autism in our family.

As I mentioned earlier, to celebrate we’re giving away $25 to spend on whatever you want at Cafepress. Obviously if you would like to buy Autism awareness items you can and a handy link to explore what they have is here.

However, I’ve used CafePress for years are there are tons of things to explore there (did you know they have shower curtains?).

In order to enter, just leave a comment here about how Autism has touched your life.

One comment per person, valid for US residents only. Winner will be drawn via random.org. Entries accepted until Saturday, May 3rd at 12:00pm MDT. Winner will be notified via the email address you share and have 48 hours to reply.

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6 comments

I don’t have any personal experience but I think those t-shirts are awesome!

What a kind and generous giveaway. I would buy autism awareness items. I am the proud mom of two boys with autism. They are turning 7 (today) and 6 (tomorrow). They have touched my life in an amazing way. Their hard work and determination makes me so proud!

How has it not I suppose? Beyond having more and more friends and family with children on the spectrum, I feel like I have changed so much of my own understanding of children in many given situations that beyond 10 years ago would have irritated me I have learned a lot in those years. Compassion probably being number 1. I am thankful that my eyes have been opened.

I love the shirt! I work with students with Autism and that shirt is perfect!

My son has autism, and we, too, are not looking for a cure but rather understanding and acceptance from the world at large.

I’m a 30 year old woman who was just diagnosed April 9th. The signs where there since childhood but nobody knew that I needed help. At 17 I started getting diagnoses anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, depression etc. It didn’t click even when Drs suggested my son who was 3 at the time (I was ignorant) might be autistic. I was offended more than anything. He is VERY smart, I said! Then it STILL didn’t click when my oldest daughter’s Dr asked if there was any Autism in the family. NOPE! She was then diagnosed with auditory processing disorder and sensory processing disorder.
2 years ago my oldest brother called and told me he was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s syndrome. And asked if it ran in the family, not only this but said when he was taking his Assessment a lot of things reminded him of me. I was offended once again, but this time started to educate myself. I was in denial. It was all me. But my anxiety has gotten so bad. I finally at the end of 2013 made an appointment in Jan 2014 to see a Psychologist who referred me to the Psychiatrist for an Assessment and proper diagnosis.
Now I know and I have had ups and downs about it.
Now with Autism I also have Agoraphobia with panic disorder and OCD.
I have been trying to find support online and learn more and more. Thank you for this opportunity to win this.

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