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Children Diagnosed Was 1 in 500

Published on 4/21/2014
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When this poem was written the number of children diagnosed with Autism was 1 in 500. Today in 2014 the number has risen to 1 in 68. The number in New Jersey is higher. 1 in 45 they say and there is still no reason why.  


They looked at me with compassion
I hadn't a clue why,
Then they told me my son was challenged
and I began to cry.

"Your son may be Autistic, or
have some related disease."
"I've never heard of it," I said,
"Explain it to me please?"

"It occurs one in every five hundred births,
four times more often in boys.
Families of all racial and ethnic backgrounds
Regardless of stature or poise."

"Its a Lifelong neurological impairment
That affects the ability to speak,
Play or socially interact."
I felt my knees grow weak.

My husband took me in his arms
We held each other tight,
My five year old beside me asking,
"Mommy, is Stevie all right?"

We wouldn't have known there was a problem
If not for his speech delay
We thought he was just a little shy,
and preferred solitary play.

When she said, they don't know what causes it
I just wanted to die.
" My God, this isn't happening,
They can't even tell us why?"

"God is not sleeping," I said to myself
over and over again
holding fast to my faith in God
to help me endure the pain.

Clearly there needs to be research
It’s imperative we find a way
Of getting the programs funded,
If we're ever to gain some headway.`

Our children are so precious
They look to us for care
Let's show them how much we love them,
and make everyone aware.

L. Q. Demos
Copyright 2000

April is Autism awareness month. Show your support by sharing this post. If you know someone with Autism show them how much they mean to you. Never be mean to a child or a mother of Autism. They will be our future leaders. 

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