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“WHY- WHY”!??

When I named my son Wyatt. I just liked the name. I was asked by family members …Why Wyatt? One uncle told me it sounded funny with my last name. He said it sounded like “White Green!” That hadn’t even occurred to me. I JUST LIKED THE NAME. So I found myself defending my “choice” at that Christmas Party. If you haven’t noticed I try & be witty (or corny) whichever you choose to call it. So I formulated a “catch phrase” on the spot. I went around the party declaring EXACTLY why I was naming him Wyatt… So his nickname could be WY!!!

VERY CLEVER KELLY! Is that a case of “Be careful what you wish for?” OR WHAT?? My thinking was well , perfect… here I am having son’s 10 years apart…WHY??! Little did I know the ENORMITY the future would hold for my witty “catch phrase”. His brother Aaron actually doubled it up… as he toddled around so sweet natured and cute to “WY-WY“.

WHY, WHY…INDEED? Today I had a very enlightening and alarming conversation with Mr. Jon Hope. Mr. Hope is Autism Services Manager at the San Gabriel/ Pomona Regional center.. . here in southern California. http://www.sgprc.org/ Talk about NAMES that fit a CAUSE! Mr. Hope enlightened me on the new shift in numbers concerning AUTISM DIAGNOSIS. I almost felt like California was having another seismic jolt. To learn that California’s children are now born 1 of 100 autistic. For boys even worse 1 out of every 70!!

Mr. Hope also told me that the numbers are significantly higher in certain locales!? So PUZZLING! For instance England and San Diego California are at the¬†astounding rate of 1 child per 50! UNBELIEVABLE. What could be the correlation there? Certainly not the weather! So many theories and thoughts. I for one have never thought it was the immunizations. Naive? Perhaps. We do NOW KNOW that it is genetic and that the wiring of the brain is dramatically different than a “typical” brain.

There has been a growing belief that something in our environment is “seeping through.” Which stands to reason after all, autistic people are assaulted by the environment minute by minute! Environment to the NEXT LEVEL…Autistics…GROUND ZERO! Doesn’t seem a fair fight. Especially when we have been operating in the dark for so many years. Well the LIGHTS are FINALLY ON. People are home but, we need them out in the streets. Spreading the word of HOPE , RESPECT and COMMON UNDERSTANDING. While we pray for the Researchers, Doctors and Scientists to figure out the “WHY” for WY and so many!

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On The PRECIPICE…

It is palpable…I feel it, then again I am biased. The feeling I have is that people are finally ready. Ready to address “Our ISSUE”. Ready to make it ” Their ISSUE”. Oh let’s hope! There are MANY thousands of awesome people who have been making this “Their ISSUE” long before it was ever even on my radar! Which is my point exactly. Who knew? Who ever knows? UNTIL IT HITS YOU! Now I know…Life on the AUTISMHWY!

I have been out and about…taking my “informal surveys.” “What do you know?” “Do you know anyone with?” “Have you heard anything in school ABOUT AUTISM?” I thoroughly enjoy this because, people fascinate me. I can only hope these queried individuals are fascinated by… and enjoy me?! My over-all findings are…the only kids that know anything about autism, have direct experience. Siblings, Friends or Cousins! Three of the very best resources OUR KIDS will ever know! Grandparents and Parents unfortunately have “pesky” longevity issues! This is why it is so important to help enlighten the “general population.” I am hoping that the world will “HAVE OUR BACKS!!”

2010 is a NEW ERA ! For AUTISM especially! Now that doctors have learned about the areas of the brain where the deficits lie. What will those brilliant minds do with that information? With all the emerging research people can try to “Find their Formula”. So many valid areas of thought that people can apply to their lives. This is what we need…the deep exchange of ideas and experiences. “What works for you?” ” Did you know this?”…”Did you try that? ” So MANY creative people with awesome ideas and support linking together…! An INFORMATIVE FRIENDSHIP NETWORK that’s what WE NEED !

Yes, our therapists and specialists will ALWAYS be needed. The knowledge they can impart is golden. However the families on the spectrum are a far vaster treasure of KNOWLEDGE! Autism is not a career path for us …it becomes the HIGHWAY of our lives. A road we are priveleged to travel. A road that gets easier with the MERGING of ideas, experience, friendship and support!

Support, not only from our families…but, from our communities! If “unaffected” individuals and their families learn “about us” think of the possibilities! Mmmm …”BACK-SUPPORT! ” Just the thought of that gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling! Alot of times families can feel “Out-on-a-Ledge”… on the PRECIPICE. I’m calling out. AUTISMHWY is calling out GIVE US A HAND…help us off that ledge! I am so hoping to promote FRIENDSHIP through COMMON UNDERSTANDING! So we create a huge support system…to help this growing population through their difficult lives.

TODAY………TOMORROW……and…..BEYOND!

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WELCOME!

Hello…My name is Kelly Green, mother of an almost 11 yr. old amazing autistic son! His name is Wyatt Griffin Green…and in his short life, I have learned so much…and, so little! My “Oxymoron”.

When I think about that …I have to laugh, so often I’ve felt that way…like an Oxy-moron. How about the time Wyatt was really thirsty, we entered the ‘ Subway’ I approached the counter ,Wyatt darts for the first available drink of an “unknowing-distracted” customer! Oh the look of relief on Wyatt’s parched face! Oh the look of horror,then disgust on the grumpy man’s face! Of course my apologies and explanation spills forth…to a…STONE-WALL. Can you say…AWKWARD?! Fortunately times they are -a-changin!!! More and more the STONES are falling from that WALL…as I’m met with a knowing look, a smile and a nod…when” another “of my speils spills forth! Wyatt is a miracle in this world like all the rest of us …EVEN… if he does randomly steal drinks!!!

My beauty giving the thumbs up!

My beauty giving the thumbs up!

My Mission …is to PROMOTE FRIENDSHIP THROUGH COMMON UNDERSTANDING! Alot can be learned from these awesome , amazing PURE PEOPLE and AUTISMHWY.com is on a mission to PROVE THAT ! Linking ourselves in an “Informative Friendship Network” will be the building blocks to understanding. As our extended family members link and learn from each other…to help in spreading our words. When the people of our beautiful communities understand “us” when we are out in it…miracles will abound.

I actually see OUR COMMUNITY as an opportunity for typical people to “step-up” and better themselves. Something we have been lacking as a society in our busy self driven lives. Autism has become so prevalent…I guess I’m thinking it’s time to enjoy us…and just tell people “Hey take the time people to just stop & smell the autism”!!? I smell ROSES!!! In the future we will be needing more and more mentors to help guide our growing population. Assisted living situations will be expanding in all kinds of directions.

Common knowledge & understanding of autistics and their idiosyncrasies will be imperative. I already see some great programs to encourage mentoring…and I am quite sure those involved will feel an unbelievable fulfillment.

AUTISMHWY will be a place of celebration to enjoy our differences and learn through our similarities. I am so looking forward to meeting the amazing people on the AUTISMHWY!

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