YouTube Video from Autism Father Going Viral


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Known for being fierce advocates, parents of children with autism have done an excellent job in recent years at tapping into social media to make their voices heard. And as the prominence and influence of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continue to grow, these sites have become a powerful tool for parents to advocate and be a voice for their children.

Case-in-point is a recently posted YouTube video from a father of a young girl with autism. Uploaded only a few weeks a ago, the video has been heavily circulated and already amassed nearly 50,000 views in that short time. It’s a simple, yet powerful presentation done to the backdrop of Coldplay’s "Fix You."

The video is particularly powerful due to its lack of spoken word and creative use of colors.

I first became aware of the video by someone who is not directly affected by autism, so it’s nice to see it reaching many others outside of the autism community. In his blog at http://lous-land.blogspot.com/ "Lou," the video’s creator, writes the following:

"I just wanted to take some time to thank everybody that has taken the time to watch and comment on my “Fixing” Autism video. I think I have shed as many tears reading the stories that are being shared as it sounds like viewers have shed while watching the video."

Take the time to watch the video below and good luck keeping a dry eye.


 

3 Responses to YouTube Video from Autism Father Going Viral

  1. Jenette Jackson says:

    12 years ago I gave birth to my daughter and by the time she was two she was diagnosed with autism… All I wanted was to “fix” her. 7 years ago I brought my little boy into the world and early on he was diagnosed with autism. All I wanted to do is “fix” him. Both of my children are very different kids and bring joy to my life even though I have some very hard days. I can not “fix” them and value them with thier ausitic personalities. The most important thing I can do is provide them with the tools to navigate threw this world with autism… Anyone who can understand knows what it is to be denied these tools. I have a long fight ahead of me to see to it that my children recieve to tools to become self sufficient adults. I can not weight on a cure. My 12 year old who once would not speak, who would scream and throw herself to the ground and remove her clothing is now fully intgrated. She dresses herself and walks the short distance to school. People are not so inportant to her but her education is. She can not always express herself but she is the smartest person that I know. Both she and my seven year old are growing. I am growing as a parent as I raise my children. Although my path is different then most I have to raise them into adults who can navogate threw this world inspite of thier autism because after all it is likely that they will out live me.

  2. Paula Wynen says:

    My heart goes out to the dad in the video and his family. I am the mom of a 16 year old son diagnosed on the Austistic Spectrum. I too wanted to “fix him”-especially because I am a Special Education teacher. But all I have been able to do is deal with trying to stay sane on a daily basis, take care of him and his siblings(he is a triplet), not let the stress destroy my marriage or myself. Now, the challenges are still vast but different because he has to “transition” to becoming an independent adult some day and there are things like tying his shoes, or buttoning a button by himself which he can’t do. I recdently taught him how to cut his food with a knife and fork. It’s a journey and you have to be strong. And you have to find the positive in the small things your kid can do and apprecitate their struggle everyday. Keep it real, one day at a time.

  3. kathleen bolash says:

    Thanks Lou. Your video means a lot to me. We are struggling to get help for my 19 yr old son who needs intensive help for his aggressive episodes. We have fought to get him in a program that can help and so far have failed despite two due process hearings and financial ruin. It is hard to talk about to people who are not going through it. Your video gave me renewed determination. Good luck to you.

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