3 Things I Do For Autism Action Month

I am wearing red today. Revolutionary red. Thinking Moms’ Revolution red. This is my colour of choice for April Autism Month. Let’s make it Autism ACTION Month. Because let’s face it, we’ve done the Autism Awareness for years and years, and look where it got us.

Autism Rates by the CDC

1980 – 1 in 10,000
2002 – 1 in 150
2012 – 1 in 88
2014 – 1 in 68

The CDC has released the new prevalence rate for autism recently. 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism. A 30% increase in 2 years. Autism is a very real childhood disorder that is growing at an epidemic rate. This is NOT better diagnosis. This is an alarming rise in a childhood developmental disorder which was previously considered a rare condition.

Autism was previously a rare disorder, is it turning into the new norm?

1:68 children have autism. Well, my daughters Mei and Min Min are my 2:2. My children are not a statistic. And neither are yours.

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Together with my fellow Thinking Moms’, I just launched a new non-profit organisation very close and dear to my heart. TEAM TMR is a not-for-profit organisation created by the founders of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution. We have been working towards setting up this charitable organisation for some time now and I am proud to be a part of it.

 TEAM Donate Button BlackYour donations will go towards:

  • Helping families living with autism and related disorders.
  • Funding our advocacy movements for people with autism to right to education, medical treatments and more.
  • Supporting effective action for autism recovery and related disorders.

Donate to TEAM TMR now. Know that your contribution will go to the actual families living with autism.

All of the members of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution and TEAM TMR work selflessly day in and day out of a volunteer basis. We work from our home, in between taking care of our children and running a household. Many of my fellow Thinking Moms’ have successful careers of their own too. We do our advocacy work even while we’re cooking, cleaning and driving our children to school. We spend countless hours on the computer, on the phone and face to face with autism families who require help. We keep going even when things are rough, we continue to help others while we strive to recover our own children too. Some of us are blessed to have recovered our children from autism, and we strive to pay it forward. We are committed to helping our autism community out of love and dedication to ensure a better future for our children worldwide.

My husband used to ask why I work such long hours on something that I don’t get paid for. And I always tell him that I get paid in good karma. He gets it. I am blessed to have such a supportive husband who understands the importance of charitable work. Because what goes around comes around. I remember all the people who have helped me in my journey recovering my daughters Mei and Min Min. Now it’s my turn to pay it forward.

My Action Item For April 

  1. Wear revolution red
  2. Donate To TEAM TMR
  3. Pay it forward

Let’s not make autism the new norm.

~ Marissa

About Spectrum Mum – I am a mother of 2 children who are now recovered from autism.  As well as juggling Domestic Goddess-ing and Wife-y duties, I am  the vice-president of The Thinking Moms’ Revolution, a grassroots autism advocacy movement. I am also the founder of Brightstars – Life Skills For Exceptional Kids, a holistic school for children with autism, ADHD and learning challenges, and the founder of KL Biomed, a support network for parents with children affected by autism, ADHD and related disorders in Malaysia, Singapore and neighbouring countries in Asia.  I am the co-author of Autism Beyond The Spectrum, and my writings have been featured on Generation Rescue

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