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Social support for families is so important
by: Anna The Special Life

Hi Judy. I understand what you mean completely. As the parent of both a child with physical disabilities and another with the invisible issue of Aspergers, I too see dramatic difference in social support.

It is still shocking (and discouraging) to realize how much more support my son with Aspergers needs over my physically disabled son. And how much more exhausting it is, both mentally and emotionally.

Then, when others, even those fairly close to him, refuse to acknowledge that there is a disability at work, it can be completely demoralizing.

The easiest thing to do is to self-isolate, just to avoid having to deal with an unsupportive 'public'.

Of course, that doesn't help him any, but in the short term it does give emotional breathing room for the family.

Hopefully, as more of us speak out, people will become more aware and supportive.

Thanks for helping to break the silence.

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