Many thanks! Too many to count!
To say that I was in total shock was an understatement! In a few weeks, everyone would see two faces of perseverance, of strength, of family, of autism. There they were! Two little Puerto Rican kids from the Bronx splashed on the cover for the world to see.
Autism is a spectrum with many different behaviors, skill levels and nonverbal vs verbal. Each child is different from the next, like snowflakes. Beautiful and different.
And Daniel's 'blank look" as some chose to phrase it in their comments of the picture? He is a pensive boy, a quiet calm, strong and silent. I've never referred to him having a "blank look" and neither should anyone else.
And if we, as parents, don't change our own perceptions about our special needs child, who are we to demand it of others. We have to be courageous enough to yes, be strong for our children, but to also teach them to be strong for themselves. We are their role models. Let's show them their worth!
And an extra special thanks to Parents Magazine and its staff for continued support to all children and allowing Daniel and Chloe this memorable cover for them to cherish forever!