My name is Brianna and I'm a Freshman in High School. I chose to make this blog as a way to express my feelings, a way to let you know what it's like to live with Billy and a way to show everyone that just because someone acts differently or looks different doesn't mean they are. For those of you, which is most of you, who don't know him, Billy is my 5 year old yonger brother. Billy has autism. You may hear kids with autism get teased, you may see a child who is doing something different than an average child. I'm sure you have, don't lie. This blog may change the way you think about children with speciall needs though.
To fill everyone in on this disease that is spreading widely amongst children, these are some facts you may want to know. The definition of autism is a child who has.....no forget it. I'm going to tell you my definition of autism. My definition of autism is a child who is bright and intelligent, loving and caring, lost and trying to make it through the day and a child who is just trying to fit in and be loved. My brother may be five but, is very smart. He can do most things that people my age cannot do. He can do a 100 piece puzzle starting from the top doing it left and right and finish it in 5 minutes or less, my brother can do something in school like a dance and he will memorize it and do it when he gets home three days later. In 2007, 1 and every 150 kids had autism. Now in the year 2010, only 3 year later, is the autism rate 1 in every 100 kids. If you lined up 100 kids right now, one of them has the Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. Autism is something that cannot be cured and doesn't go away. You have to live with it forever.
It's very hard to live with ecspecally as a big sister trying to help her parents take care of an autistic child and also a sister. Living with Billy is hard and fusturating at points. There are times when I just want him to leave me alone and go away and there are times when I just want him to give me a hug and stay with me. It's an emotional roller coster ride everyday but, its also a new adventure, a new laugh and a new smile. Billy has a laugh that no one can replace and when I hear it it puts a smile on my face. I hope that this blog will help people understand autism more. This is only day one with many more to go. Thanks for reading and keeping checking back for more posts!