If you've followed along on our racing journey, you've probably noticed that our machines always display a puzzle piece. We include this to raise awareness and acceptance of Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder. Our family has been touched by Autism. Learning that our child was Autistic comes with a lot of emotions. There was sadness, naturally, because we weren't expecting this. There was fear because we were afraid that we wouldn't be able to handle it. There was relief because it finally made so many things we were unsure about so much more clear. It opened the door to resources and support that we hadn't considered before.
It's also been an unexpected gift. Our child sees the world in a way that we only hope others might have the chance to glimpse. Our child sees the problems in the world through a lens of solutions. Our child is a great problem solver, a talented artist and a keen observer. We wouldn't trade any of this for the world.
The puzzle piece has become a widely celebrated image of Autism. Our interpretation of this symbol is not because a piece to the puzzle is missing, but rather we know that our child has a unique and special piece that completes their puzzle.
We invite you to consider supporting Autism Awareness and Acceptance. Learn more and donate at www.autism-society.org.
Stotts Family on World Autism Day 2017. #WeMakeOurOwnSuperpowers