Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Last Two Puzzle Lunches for Autism Awareness Month!

It is the end of April, and the end of the month-long Autism Awareness themed lunches.

I have two more puzzley lunches to show now, and I'll be back later to share one of Owen's typical lunches. Riveting stuff, let me tell you. :)

But first, an Ethan lunch -
PlanetBox and puzzle pieces - granola bites, apples, grapes, crackers & cheese
Packed in a PlanetBox:
- organic gala apple slices, flip-flopped to make a fun pattern
- grapes
- homemeade granola bites, made puzzle shaped by using a puzzle muffin pan
- Wheat Thin crackers across the top
- cheddar cheese

Paige's lunch from the same day -
Puzzle sandwich, organic apples & strawberries, cukes, pretzels & tiny treat
Packed in an EasyLunchbox:
- puzzle shaped sandwich
- pretzle chips
- a few organic gummy bears in the treat box
- cucumber slices, with a sprinkle of fresh pepper
- apple and strawberry slices

And that, my friends, is the end of the puzzle lunches for awhile. Phew!

Another special autism message from Amy:
"Person with autism" or "autistic?" Language shapes how we perceive the world and how others perceive us. In disability circles, "person first" (person with autism) language is usually encouraged, however many autistic self-advocates prefer the term "autistic." 
They say that autism is such an integral part of what makes them who they are, that that saying "person with autism" would be the equivalent of calling a woman "a person with womanhood." In fact, Temple Grandin once famously said that autism was such an inseparable component of her identity that even if she could "cure" herself, she would choose not to.

I tend to use "autistic" or "on the spectrum." My son considers himself the possessor of an "autistic brain" and sees it as a superpower. However, I do use person first language at times, after receiving a lecture from an acquaintance about the shocking wrongness of using "autistic." The lecture didn't convince me "autistic" was wrong, but it did convince me that it can be so distracting to some people that it will sidetrack an entire discussion. ;)

Happy Autism Month!
   
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