When people figure that Max has autism because he looks or acts a certain way, or when people think that kids with autism are like Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man, they presume to know what our children are like -- which does our kids a major disservice.
I've heard there are some school districts afraid to do anything for awareness of National Autism Awareness Month. Their excuses have been they are worried about singling out children in their school that may have autism or afraid a parent may take offense to such an event happening.
Ezra, who is now 16, had a prodigious memory--particularly for dates and animation trivia--and an extensive knowledge of animals. More important, he was sweet and loving and happy. What he didn't have was friends. Or, apparently, a need for them.
On Matthew's first day of school, I combed his hair and took a picture of him for the scrapbook, hoping that someday I could say, "This picture was taken on your first day of kindergarten, just months before we cured you of autism!"