My name is Taleana Williams-Hurst and I have a non-profit 5013c organization that supports families that have children affected by autism or special needs.  I met a man who reminds me of my brother who passed away years ago.  We talked and he agreed to write an article with me about how autism has affected his life with the birth of his youngest son.

This article is being written on the behalf of the children affected by autism across the world.  I want to inform people how I feel we can interact with children with autism and disabilities.  Often it is assumed that children affected by autism can’t function in the “normal” society.  I feel this to be not true.  I think that children from all societal and economic backgrounds should receive the love and support from their families, friends and the community. 

In the month of April some years ago, my life was changed forever by the birth of my baby boy.  I call him Miracle because that is what he is to me.  His mother and I realized early in his life that he had developed symptoms and that he was not making his developmental milestones.  He was having symptoms of autism.  Because of  this, I began to bring awareness to myself and others about autism.  I discovered how showing him love with hugs and kisses could make all the difference in helping with the development of my son.  This is what I give my son.  It has helped me to understand his development and teach him with compassion.  

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Children affected by autism need to know that there are people out there who truly care and are fighting and routing for them to succeed in this world we live in.  So whether a child has been affected by autism or not there can be peace, love and happiness.  Parents should be not afraid to have their child evaluated if their child is not making developmental milestones.  It could only help your child to be the best he or she can be.  Being there for my son has helped me to help my son Miracle, because he changed my life so much.  So hug your child everyday.  Everyone can use a hug with love.  I created a poster and a mug to give to my son to let him know how much I love him and dedicated the poster to him.

Humbly submitted,

Moman Love