I launched Autism Today as an online community in 1998. For families touched by autism, and facing so many challenges already, the Internet is more than a tool, it is a lifeline, connecting us with other families, expertise and resources, inspiration, and yes, good old entertainment.
Every week, something truly magical pops up on YouTube. This week we received a video by Susan Werner, a deeply personal song about autism, entitled Different Son. It is from her album, Kicking the Beehive, which will be released March 1st.
Her agent says he fears Different Son will not get radio play, because it deals with too serious a subject. But with one in 110 children born with the disorder in the US, we feel this is, for all the right reasons, music for all ears.
At Autism Today, we have a special love for artists. Something magical happens when a child on the spectrum is moved to create art. Properly cultivated, art can be the key to unlock exceptional gifts.
This is why we created the Artism series; and will soon publish Artism: The Art of Autism; and celebrate Autism Vancouver with a wonderful arts carnival.
So, today, instead of my usual blog, I decided it would be enough to share a beautiful song, about something we all are passionate about. Sometimes a picture — or a song — is worth a thousand words.