Have you heard about The Mighty?
It’s a news media website that focuses on the power of the story to end the stigma around disability. According to its founder, Mike Porath, the vision is to inspire people and, ultimately, “improve the lives of people facing disease, disorder and disability.” I am all over that kind of optimism and lofty goal setting, and using storytelling to do it. I’m way, way in−ready and willing to share my autism story.
In January, The Mighty asked this question: If you could go back to the day you (or a loved one) got a diagnosis, what would you tell yourself? Here is an excerpt from my autism story about my reaction to my son’s Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosis:
But now, you know for sure,” I’d tell my old self and feel comforted in the fact that I had my son’s back from day one and was already doing what was best for him. What I didn’t know then but know now is that my life would have no meaning, no depth, no purpose if it wasn’t for autism. I didn’t know that introverted, low-key me could become the persistent, relentless warrior parent who advocates for him and others so they can grow to their best potentials.
**Image is courtesy of The Mighty