Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2015 - Page 4

FROM THE EDITOR T he other day, while I was helping my son Jay with his English homework, the most incredible thing happened. In preparation for those darn standardized tests coming up, teachers have been sending home writing prompts and making the kids do graphic organizers to help them figure out what they would write on the test. While Jay is very creative, these types of assignments tend to be very difficult for him as they are vague and, well, to be perfectly honest, he hates the physical task of writing. In an effort to ease his frustration, I suggested to Jay that he not think about it as having to write an essay that answers every conceivable solution to the question but rather to explore one possible solution. “Good writers see what others don’t see. They don’t necessarily try to solve a problem or explain the mysteries of life … instead they celebrate the mystery itself!” I said, rather proud of myself. But Jay remained quiet. I realized that what I had considered to be a profound statement may have come across to him just as vague as the writing prompt. I was about to try to clarify what I really meant when it happened. Once again, my boy surprised me. After taking a moment or two to process, he smiled and said, “Like autism!” Jay hit it on the nail! We don’t need to explore every possible reason for why autism exists; we just need to celebrate that it does. This spring issue of ZOOM is our effort to do just that, and we packed it full of incredible articles to help us make our point. From insightful autistic self-advocate Amy Sequenzia’s essay “Attitudes, Information and Education” to Mama Fry’s “Fix, Manage, Accept,” you will learn why we all need to just scratch out the awareness part and dub April as Autism Acceptance Month instead! 4 Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses Picture of Jay CELEBRATING his Chess Team’s 2nd place win in their very first TEAM Competition.