Success is Sweet

The Walk for Autism Speaks was a resounding success.  Over 4000 people showed up and we are nearing the monetary goal set by our chapter.  I was so proud of our team.  Two people didn’t show up for our team due to illness but two other adults and two children took their place unexpectedly! 
Recently, I read that, in the future not so distant future, autism will be the healthcare issue to be more concerned about than elder care when it comes to finances.  It’s reported that every 20 minutes another child is diagnosed.  Sounds like a pandemic to me because the autism rates are consistent around the world.
Himself and his fellow behavior detection officers at the airport were given training having to do with recognizing autistic behavior as opposed to someone just being obnoxious or mentally unstable, e.g.  someone exhibiting echolalia.  This type of training is taking place in police departments in some areas, too.  It is wonderful to see!
Isabella looks at me and asks, “Do you love me?”  Where that came from I will never know.  I’ll bet you know the answer!  She is my heart.
Thank you for caring so much, dear ones.  Bless you all.

5 responses to “Success is Sweet

  1. That is so awesome, Gail. The training is indeed necessary. Sometimes it’s scarey for those who don’t know about autism or have never been around someone who displays certain behaviors. I actually had an autism specialist come speak to our RNs. I am thinking of having her come again and speak to all my staff. Trust you are having a wonderful weekend….a little too hot for me at the moment in the 90s. God Bless!

  2. That was wise of you, Carol. Thank you for being so sensitive.I’m not into this heat either! Going to try to take a walk now as it is almost seven.

  3. So happy that it all went well :)It is absolutely fabulous that they are training officers at the airport. This is a wonderful wonderful step. That is one of our goals over here in JA… educating the various persons like police officers, airport personnel etc on autism and to decipher when some one has autism and is not just fleeing!Have a great week and a lovely memorial day.Hugs to Isabella…such a beautiful name 🙂

  4. Of course we care G. You and Bells have become part of the family. Most interesting the training your husband is receiving. It’s about time we stepped up recognitions as a priority.J.W.L.

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