I am an autism parent. Every April Autism Awareness month rolls around and I feel excited and honestly pressured. I feel a great responsibility to make sure that I work toward a more aware and accepting world for my son. This April I had planned to release a full collection of puzzle piece themed soaps. But the truth is, sometimes there just isn't time to do everything that I want to do. I'm hard on myself when I can't do everything that I plan to do. Especially when it's something to benefit others. It's hard to want to do so much and have to accept my own limits. I am a work in progress.
I have big dreams. Those dreams are always, always bigger than the reality that life allows me to fulfill. I'm not complaining, seriously, I'm not. I know and appreciate how very lucky I am in life. I love dreaming big and wouldn't have it any other way. I am learning as I get older to not over-commit. Over-committing is when my big dreams let down others. I am learning to curb that.
To make sure that I can advocate for my a better world for others, without over-committing, I have created a way to support autism awareness well beyond the month of April. Now, whenever you purchase any standard boxed bar of soap (think standard rectangle) you can select to have a portion of the proceeds benefit autism awareness and inclusion. When you select this option - a $1 donation will be added to the purchase price of your bar. I WILL MATCH THIS $1! That means every time you select the Autism Acceptance Option you'll donate $1 and I'll donate $1. We are always more when we work together!
I can't tell you how much it means to me when people support Tyler. The older he gets, the older I get, the deeper my worry and fear grows. Will there be help for him when I am gone? Who will care for him? Will they love and honor him? Will he find joy and fulfillment in his adult life? Will he find independence and acceptance?
Let's go beyond April and give all year-round. Thank you all for your support.