Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Autism awareness month

April is autism awareness month. Working at a school with children with autism has opened up my eyes to a whole new world. I read Born on a blue day by Daniel Tammet as a means of awareness. Tammet is a savant who has aspergers, a form of autism that is on the milder side. His abilities include being able to recite over 20,000 integers of pi, remembering any day for any year and having a photographic memory.

Too often it seems that we are afraid of autism and fear that our child will be autistic. But for those who live with autism it is their reality. Tammet is not depressed or angry that he's autistic, rather he celebrates his talents and gifts. This was an extremely interesting book that I would recommend you check out.