Why I Don’t Wear Blue Today

by Rebecca Einstein Schorr on 02 April 2015 @ 11:03 am

worldautismday

Today is World Autism Awareness Day.
It is, like most things, controversial in the autism community. A subject for another day.
The reason I don’t wear blue is simple.
The person I love who is on the autism spectrum despises this initiative.

Ben used to think it was cool. Cool that people all over the world were recognizing a day to be aware of autism.
Until.
Middle school.
His middle school, which is a great school and was a wonderful place for him, encourages students to wear blue by rewarding their behaviour. They get points for their yearlong good behaviour program (named something else) if they wear blue.
Not inherently bad.
But.
As Ben pointed out, “they are only doing this for the stickers. It’s not like they are actually nice or more accepting of me and my autism. So it’s totally fake.”

Acceptance.
Not awareness.
That’s what Ben said. He said they weren’t accepting.

Maybe he’s on to something.

So out of respect.
And because we accept Ben.
No blue here at Beit Schorr.

Except for Lilly.
Who wants the points.
And, as Ben also remarked,
“she, of all people, totally deserves those points.”

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1 Amitzah 02 April 2015 @ 11:12 am at 11:12 am

She totally does. And so does Ben. Your kids are growing up into fantastic and amazing people. I can only hope we do as well with ours as you seem to be doing with yours.

Totally missing you all right now. Love and hugs, have a lovely Pesach.

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2 JanetheWriter 02 April 2015 @ 11:20 am at 11:20 am

He’s one wise kid, that Ben Schorr! Wishing all of you at Beit Schorr a zisn Pesach…xoxo.

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3 Ellen 07 April 2015 @ 9:45 am at 9:45 am

To quote my daughter: “In selecting an Autism Awareness Month, isn’t it a bit odd to choose the one month that begins with a holiday dedicated to tricking and mocking people who take things literally?”

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