I have a son with autism.
My goal has been for him to grow up as a happy, fulfilled person, based on who he is, not defined by a label.
It’s been an amazing road. He’s 19 now. Living a life that he seems pretty content with.
I mean how many kids do you know who write up a 30-year life plan when they are 16. My kid did, and at that point, I stopped worrying. He covered the kind of work he wanted to do, where he wanted live, what his house would look like, getting married, and more.
However, living with someone who has autism can be challenging, frustrating, and freaking amazing, and sometimes, all at the same time.
Matt got himself a job at Home Depot. Something he’d been focused on and talking about for a long time. He’s been there over a year and loves its. He grown up so much, and is so much more responsible. Sometimes I wonder how it goes for him, for his boss, co-workers, and customers though.
Yet, like any parent I’ve had to let go, and let him learn his own life lessons.
Today, I received an email from SEPACS (Special Education Parent Advisory Council of Scottsdale). The email shared the follow info about an upcoming theatre event put together by the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC). I bought tickets. I want my son to see it. I want some of his friends to see it. I wish the world could see it…
Because, you see people with autism are “Just Like Everyone Else”.
Posted: 19 Apr 2011 08:28 PM PDT
Wow! This looks like a “can’t miss” event!
The Theatre for Social Change Class at the Arizona School for the Arts, under the direction of Phoenix Theatre, has partnered with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) to create an original theatrical production based on true stories of youth and young adults living with and/or affected by autism spectrum disorders.
This spectacular event will take place at Greasepaint Youtheatre at 7020 E. 2nd St. in Scottsdale on Sunday June 5, 2011 at 2pm.
For tickets and information: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/154595
SARRC Theatre Project http://www.autismcenter.org/