As some of you may know, my nephew, Finn, has Autism. A beautiful little boy, my cousin and her husband work closely with therapists every day in order to help him live a life that we see as normal. To hear him asking for things (please?) when I talk to her on the phone brings untold joy.
I learned this morning through an email that an old friend from High school's son also has Autism. This makes two "old friends from high school" with autistic children and one sister-cousin. And NWJR. When the movie Rain Man came out when I was a child, I remember my parents explaining Autism, and how it was a pretty rare occurrence. It seems to me that it's not so rare any more. I never thought I would meet an Autistic Individual. Now I know that I meet them every day.
Emily sent me the following link this morning. According to the email, the band "Five for Fighting" will donate $.49 every time the video is viewed to Autism Speaks, a research charity. Watching this wonderfully put together picture video nearly had me sobbing at my desk. Please. Go watch. Learn. Understand.
Someday, I hope that Finn will look me in the eye and smile. It would be a gift to hear him address me as Aunt. Through therapeutic efforts, I'm confident that he will.