Autism Awareness Video Reminds Us Kids Are 'People, Not Puzzles' (VIDEO)

autism awareness video"The rate of autism was 1 in 10,000 births just 10 years ago ... now it's 1 in 100!" There's something about seeing those numbers printed that really makes an impact, isn't there? That's basically how this entire Autism and Asperger's Awareness video works: By flashing a series of facts, quotes, and statistics that are impossible to ignore -- not to mention informative, no matter how much you know (or think you know) about autism.

Like most moms today, I've picked up a few autism-related facts here and there -- but I'm certainly not an expert on the topic. There's so much to learn, so much to remember. So much to understand.

And the truth is, no one really can understand. Which is why videos like this one are so helpful -- they force us to look at life from the perspective of someone with autism.

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Especially powerful, to me, was the following Temple Grandin quote:

"I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk. I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out."

Also truly moving is the slogan: "I'm a person, not a puzzle." Just imagining how it would feel for a kid to be treated like a "puzzle," like something that didn't fit together properly ... it's heartbreaking for any mom.

Did you learn anything about autism from this video?

 

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