By Jaya Pandey
This morning on my way to the city All I could think of “1 in 52”. Playing in my head over and over again was how important it was to be in State House today, how important advocacy, our voice, our kids’ voice, a research to find the answer and every else to have our children live in better world. Walking through Boston Common a woman complimented me on my Saree and I couldn’t wait to respond her that I wore “blue” for Autism Awareness and Acceptance day. She was quicker to respond that her cousin is Autistic. Somehow, we just felt connected. Just like that, one sentence changed us from stranger to friends.
In that room, Today I witnessed the power of perseverance, the power of mom’s will, the support of friends, the agony of a dad and above all the desire to do more for our kids.
I met some old friends and made some new. My blue saree sure drew many compliments but at the same time It carried a message. That it is time we all come together and find some answers, let law makers hear our concerns and take this epidemic seriously.
Listening to two self-advocates was the reminder that the Sky is the limit, Our kids have every right to dream and achieve what they want.
1 in 52 – time to do more.. More legislative advocacy, more research and acceptance.