World Autism Awareness Day - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

World Autism Awareness Day

Duncan_Thursday, April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day and April is Autism Awareness Month. It's all about bringing attention to a disability that has no clear definitions or boundaries. One in 150 children are diagnosed with autism. There's no definite or known cause. And there's no cure either.

Lindsay Whaley's a single mother of two: a 2-year-old named Hannah and a 5-year-old named Justin.  Justin has severe autism. In many ways, Justin's just like any other kid. He loves to run and play and adores his Scooby Doo. But he just can't tell us. "The few language skills he does have, he can say Scooby Doo, momma, and stuff like that," said Whaley.

Sometimes the only way he finds to express himself is with outbursts. "People look at him funny. They stare. They make comments to me. They make comments to each other. And that you know is not just rude, he knows it. He's aware of it." But his mom says that doesn't stop him from loving. "He's very smart, very bright, extremely sweet, the world's greatest kid, to me, but I'm a mom so kind of biased on that."

But Justin rarely sits still and always has to have something in his hands. His mom just wants to help her son live a normal life. "I'm doing everything I can that I know to do to make sure that he does have a future. That he can live on his own and have his own family. That's my goal."

For now, Justin goes to school like every other 5-year-old. His teacher has taught special education for 17 years.  She said for him to try to live that normal life, there needs to be greater acceptance from the community. "It's highly important to become aware of it and to educate the community and people for tolerance, for acceptance and just how we can best educate these children," said Darla Skinner.

"If people knew exactly what it was, then they would have a little more compassion. So that's all I'm asking for really," said Whaley.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Woman crashes car into White House security barrier

    Woman crashes car into White House security barrier

    Friday, February 23 2018 3:45 PM EST2018-02-23 20:45:04 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:45 PM EST2018-02-23 20:45:04 GMT
    A woman driving a vehicle near the White House hit a security barrier. (Source: Raycom Media)A woman driving a vehicle near the White House hit a security barrier. (Source: Raycom Media)

    A woman driving a vehicle near the White House hit a security barrier.

    A woman driving a vehicle near the White House hit a security barrier.

  • After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    After school shooting, Florida leaders propose new gun laws

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:39 PM EST2018-02-23 20:39:30 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

  • Ex-Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump campaign aide pleads guilty in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 3:38 PM EST2018-02-23 20:38:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

Powered by Frankly