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Today I’m lighting it up blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day. And I’m in good company: a great group of crafty folks are sharing their experiences and creations to as part of the Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop. The list of sponsors is long and the list of contributors is even longer, but if you learn even one new thing about autism along the way, the hop will be worth it. If you leave a comment here, or at any of the other blog posts in the hop before April 6, you’ll have a chance to win one of the many prizes contributed by our generous sponsors.

Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue

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This is a pretty simple card, made with Lil’ Inker Designs’ Piece of Me stamps and Puzzle Pieces dies. I stamped the base with a cascade of puzzle pieces, then used the coordinating dies to cut a piece out of a stitched rectangle mat. I backed the mat with a piece of ridiculously sparkly silver paper and dropped a tiny blue heart into the negative die cut. My blue-obsessed kid totally approves.

And finally, a little about why autism awareness and this blog hop are important to me:

A few years ago, my son’s preschool teachers started dropping words and phrases like “not typical” and “extreme” instead of the usual “adorable” or “wicked smart”. They recommended developmental assessments. The kind that lead to all kinds of intimidating diagnoses that keep parents up at night. I did a lot of research, read countless articles, and even interviewed our family for things I might have missed (during which, my mom mentioned that learning more about autism over the years made her wonder if I had undiagnosed Asperger’s). Almost every bit of that research (and subsequent maternal epiphany) was made possible by the people fighting to change the visibility and perception of autism.

While Tom’s evaluations didn’t reveal enough of a developmental delay to warrant early interventions or vigorous pursuit of a diagnosis, the results did make us aware that he’s not neurotypical. And that’s OK. Seeing celebrities and regular people talk about their ASD, ADHD, and other disorders publicly has made it safer. Knowing that he’s different–not just difficult –has made it a little easier to cope, not to mention opening us up to a world of resources and advice for raising and educating kids who aren’t like the rest.

48 thoughts on “Light It Up Blue

  1. Lovley card & thank you for sharing your story. More people do definitely need to be made aware of Autism and Asperger’s.

  2. WOW – I appreciate you and your candor and your story!! Thank you for sharing not only that part of you but this awesome card also!!! I really like the ridiculously sparkly(to use your words) silver paper – IT LOOKS SO AWESOME!! What a great card – adding that set to my ever growing Lil’ Inkers wish list!! Have an amazing day!!

    • Sarah, I am sure it helped a lot, from all the learning you did while you researched it! Sometimes just knowing what it is, is a big relief and it makes it easier to deal with. I love the card!

  3. Your card may be simple but it is amazing. Thanks for being apart of the hop. And thank you for your story. I send encouragement your way.

  4. Your card is just so sweet. Thanks for sharing your story with us. Sending hugs to you and your special little guy! <3

  5. Sarah I love the idea to stamp many puzzle there on the blue card stock
    cute little heart in blue and lovely glittery paper there..
    AWESOME MADE
    hugs,
    Monika
    (I love and proud to join this hop and hope you like to hop back to my card it is #155)

  6. I was delighted to find this blog hop in aid of Autism as our 8yo son has low spectrum autism. He is a wonderful boy, much loved by many. Your card is brilliant! Thank you to all the sponsors for supporting this cause.

  7. Thank you for sharing your connection with autism, and especially, for creating a most impressive card for this wonderful cause. Your puzzle pieces card is simple, stunning and fabulous!
    ~c

  8. Pretty simple card ? Just a great card !!! A real eyechatcher. I love it !
    Thank you for sharing a bit of your and your sons story with us.
    Happy Easter weekend !

  9. I saw you at the Light It Up for Autism Awareness hop and came over to take a closer look.
    I loVe your wonderful card. Thanks for sharing and for helping to raise Autism Awareness.
    Crafty hugs,
    Dawn
    DesignsbyDragonfly {blogspot}

  10. Sarah, thank you for sharing a piece of you along with your card. Your son is so lucky to have you as his mom! This card is absolutely BRILLIANT! LOVE it! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  11. Your story is touching. Your card is inventive and lovely. I have two autistic children. Thank you for supporting this cause.

  12. How I love your card! Every element is perfect. And ((hugs)) and fist bumps to a fellow mom :) I’m so glad you could join in this hop that is making my heart sing :)

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely card and your story. Prayers and hugs for you as you guide your amazing son into the future. I have a 28 yr old daughter who is an Aspy. We are all in this together, my friend.
    Thanks for participating in this important hop!!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

  14. BEAUTIFUL card!!!
    LOVE your falling puzzle pieces and your sentiment panel with the SPARKLE in the negative space, along with the cute blue heart – LOVE IT ALL!!!
    This blog hop has been such a wonderful event that helps make us all appreciate all the more that EVERYONE has a story, EVERYONE IS SPECIAL and a little LOVE goes a long way!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and being part of this AMAZING event for a great cause :)

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