I Have Autism and That's Okay by Kristin Arniotis; illustrated by John Arniotis
Autism is a scary word. Let's face it. We don't know where it comes from and there is currently no "cure." As parents, we want to have all of the answers for our children. We want to make everything better, perfect even, for them. But autism and the mystery surrounding it doesn't allow for that. When our son, Billy, was diagnosed at age 2, there were a ton of unanswered questions and a great amount of uncertainty about what the future would hold for him. We felt a little helpless. We didn't have the answers. We didn't have the certainty. What we did have and what we were certain of was our unconditional love for and devotion to our son. So, rather than focus and dwell on the uncertainty, we decided to focus on the things that were certain. Much like every other child, Billy loved to run. He loved to draw pictures. He loved to....love! And we loved him. So this book is about all of the certainties, the positives, the love. And, as an afterthought, Billy has autism. And, for us, that's okay!
Part of the proceeds of this book to the Autism Speaks Foundation and to A Miracle For Debbie Foundation.