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Uprooting My Own Ableism as I Parent My Autistic Son

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“Parents need to focus on healing and empowering themselves. They must shift their beliefs about autism. Once the parent knows who they are, the child will respond.” — Lori Shayew I wasn’t sure whether to share this story.

I want everything I share about autism to be from a perspective of joy, strength and empowerment. I want my writing to reflect that every facet of my son is a gift; it’s not autism, but the world’s response to it, that brings any fear, inconvenience or negativity into the equation.

But I want to be transparent at this moment, although the topic is painful. If my desire is for the world to heal and become a place that fully embraces my son, then I need to be honest about my own journey of healing.

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