Blue Dragon Avatar

Blue Dragon Avatar

Brian’s Poem. /// In the fourth grade, I asked my mom why I had a bad brain. She promised me I’d always be wonderful. I’d repeated second grade. Two years later, I spent too much time jumping on the trampoline in the sensory room. I never liked to read. Disliked math and AP history. But […]

Finding My True Calling

Finding My True Calling

Diane’s story. She is 55. /// Most of my life I knew I wanted to teach special education to children with special needs. Over a 20-year career, I loved each year taught. I enjoyed each child I had in my classroom, even amongst the challenges, my students, staff and parents were the best! To coin […]

Being the Key

Being the Key

Lisa’s story. She is 48. Watch the reading of Lisa’s story from the Facing Autism Event. /// I first heard the word autism in the early 1980s while sitting in a classroom at Ball State University. I went to Ball State to study marketing, but it wasn’t really me so I went through a series […]

Changing Normal

Changing Normal

Kim’s Story.  She is 41. /// I didn’t learn that my daughter, who is now 12, had autism until she was about four years old.  My pregnancy with her was very difficult and I had to have a C-section.  Her brother is three years older that she is and I was determined not to compare […]

All I Can Give

All I Can Give

Haley’s Story. She is 36. /// You know, some people think that you are valuable based on your ability to work, or what you can contribute or if you can earn an income, but we believe that – because you are alive – you have value.  So it doesn’t matter if all six of my children […]

Pay Attention

The Facing Project is a community storytelling project that connects people through stories to strengthen communities. Each project matches a community’s writers with individuals facing a certain topic, and the writer writes as if they are that individual, in the first person. If you’d like to be a part of this nationwide storytelling movement GO HERE. […]

Journaling

Journaling

Becca’s Story.  She is 30. /// I decided that in spite of what the doctors believed, I would focus on something I could control – his diet. I became obsessed with keeping track of 32-month-old Luke’s daily food intake, his bowel movements, his accomplishments, his regressions.  I became a machine when it came to journaling. […]

Drive

Drive

Marie’s Story.  She is 36. /// It started with the virus, when Leslie was three.  It had a way of triggering it.  She and her dad both got the flu. Viruses have a way of unlocking dormant genes.  But I’m not a doctor, so I don’t know. But that’s when it all changed. She started […]

This is My Son

This is My Son

Belinda’s story. She is 42. /// Gabriel, my 13-year-old son, has been a better gift than I could have ever imagined. All my children are fantastic. They’re all gifts in different ways. And they’re all special to each other. It’s been a blessing to be their mother. But Gabe has shown me how strong I […]

Mine

Mine

Christine’s story.  She is 43. /// People often ask me if—knowing what I know now—would I have chosen to have children. My answer never changes. Yes. Even though all three of my children have autism. Yes. Even though there are no breaks, you just have to keep going. You learn to live without sleep. My […]