This week we began our discussion about what it's like to have a sibling with autism. I'm excited to dive more in depth with this topic. I am excited to see how you connect with this topic as it could be you, one of your friends or another family member. Looking at these statistics
To begin I would like you to listen to this NPR radio piece. I love the perspective that it presents. The sister of the boy with autism shows her frustrations as well as her love for her brother. You will hear a very sincere glimpse into her life as a sibling of someone with autism. The clip is 7 minutes long, so make sure you set the time aside to listen.
Now I want you to read this poem. I think this poem is so powerful. I can feel the hurt in her words, but at the same time I can see glimmers of acceptance for who her brother is.
Finally, I want you to watch the following video. I have been SO excited to show you this. Some of you may have already seen it, as it went viral on Facebook last year around Christmas. As usual, Mr. VanLaan laughed at me while watching this because it made me cry. It touched my heart so much! While the boys are both young, you truly have hope that they will continue to love and support each other as they grow older. Conner is just a true inspiration! (Plus it's a video about a triathlon, which I love!)
This may not be a story about a sibling with autism, but it is a story about a disability and how a brother shows love and acceptance. As we have been and will continue to discuss, this is most important.