I recently got sent this article by Stephanie Haberman at mashable about a little girl with autism playing piano and singing with Katy Perry. It’s a beautiful story:
Here’s the video:
There are so many videos out there about children with autism proclaiming that things like this are a miracle. As a mother with two autistic children, I get a lot of these sent to me. I appreciate that people send them. It’s wonderful for people to discover stuff like this. It’s important that the world knows. But you see, this is *your* discovery.
I’ve known this about my kids far longer than anyone who’s known them. But my kids don’t care. I just care that they’re able to be safe and hopefully one day live an independent lives. We don’t care about the glamour or dazzling the world with their “special qualities.” They just want to be.
So please, be happy, but don’t be surprised. Your perspective was blown because society has taught you that people who think differently have no potential. Society is wrong. THIS is an awesome video because in a way it shows a journey we’ve had with my children every single day. It’s not because this little girl is singing. It’s because she’s able to be up there, be happy, and comfortable in her surroundings without having a fit. Look at the way she walks off the stage with Perry. Arms partially up and fingers about to stim. She’s surviving every second.
Autistics aren’t a puzzle. The rest of the world is.