Who is your #EverydayAutismHero? They are all around us, but do we truly notice them? I’m sure you’ve heard this quote before: “not all heroes wear capes”. Well, that couldn’t be more true than within the autism community.
I continuously share parts of my story where I tell you how my life got flipped upside down with the diagnoses we’ve received. Before that, I was so naive. Like most of you, I hoped and prayed for healthy, neurotypical kids. I remember being in the delivery room when each of my kids were born and I assumed that if they came out breathing with ten fingers and ten toes...we were all good. Boy, was I wrong.
Since then, my eyes have truly been opened to this amazing community that often goes overlooked. See, it’s not really a community that any parent WANTED to be a part of. That fact alone demonstrates how brave so many people are for CHOOSING to enter this community, even when they don’t have to.
There are countless volunteers, businesses, self-advocates, and community members who’s actions and achievements promote the values of an inclusive society for the autism community. These are the everyday autism heroes who DON’T wear capes - unless of course its part of a costume game during therapy!
Once again this year, Autism BC is hosting the annual BC Autism Awards presented by Applewood Auto Group. Award winners receive $1,000 towards a project that promotes inclusion within the province of British Columbia.
So, join me today by nominating an #EverydayAutismHero in one of these four categories:
▫️ Volunteer of the Year
▫️ Self-Advocate of the Year
▫️ Inclusive Employer of the Year
▫️Regional Community Impact Award for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Interior or Northern BC
Go to www.autismbc.ca/awards for more details and to nominate someone.