Blog post with biggest impact
Blog post written within 12 months of the nominations opening which has made an impact. It could have made you laugh, cry or take action but it stays with you long after reading it.
The Long Chain – Journey’s end
We met many other travellers along the way. With some, we only crossed paths. Others walked alongside us for a short or a very long while, with their own unique and wonderful guides; some like us have come to the end of that journey; many are journeying still.
Martha Smith, Parent Advocate – Not quite yet
Come out, they say. Come and see us, come and stay.
Thank you. Thank you, thank you; it is wonderful to be wanted. I would, if I could, but I can’t. Not quite yet.
Martha Smith, Parent Advocate – Grateful…ish
So, let me be very clear to all those practitioners who look upon us with weary eyes; your irritation is our pain. Parents like me will continue to ask, continue to press for the care and support that our children need to have the best possible life. We would like to work with you. We did not make it a battle, you did, and for that we will never be grateful.
Steph’s two Girls – Autism masking and pathological demand
Siena Castellon, a young autistic female, describes masking as being ‘when we try to hide being autistic so that others will accept us’. Trying to fit in, suppressing autism characteristics so as to be accepted socially. Parents will sometimes know this is how their child is behaving if the parents have any understanding of autism themselves.
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