April is Autism Acceptance Month, and this year, the World Autism Awareness Day was held on April 2, 2021. Autism is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that is characterized by a broad range of unusual behaviors.

It is often a result of genetic and environmental factors combined. Autistic individuals may exhibit challenges with social skills, repetitive behavior, flaws with speech, hyperactivity, and extreme sensitivity to touch, light, and sound.
No matter what anyone else thinks, Autism is a disease like any other, and we can all handle it far better if we accept and embrace the occurrence. Fortunately, my nephew Noah, who is ten years old and proudly Autistic. I got the opportunity to work with him on our Autism Collection. I am excited to introduce Noah to you all and revisit the small interview I had with him.

Our Autism collection

Before we go back to Noah’s interview, let me introduce our Autism collection to you all.
Autism awareness is extremely important nowadays, which is why we have our Autism collection that contains two shirts, available in children and adult sizes. The best thing about these shirts is that they contain words from Noah himself, who is Autistic, printed on the Tees in his own handwriting. And that’s not it; these statements engraved on the fabric are super motivational and positive for everyone out there.
The two statements by Noah are:

Noah, the ten-year-old kid who is not afraid to be HIMSELF

So as mentioned, here goes the interview I had with my amazing ten-year-old nephew who became an inspiration for me. With this interview, we all can get to know Noah a lot better.
Me: Hi Noah. How are you?
Noah: I’m good, thank you.
Me: What do you love most about yourself?
Noah: I am Noah, I have Autism, and I’m funny.
Me: So, what makes you special?
Noah: I’m funny. I am amazing. I am curious and cool.
Me: Noah, what makes you happy?
Noah: TV
Me: And what makes you brave?
Noah: Being with my Mommy.
Me: Alright. If you could give some advice to someone sad, what would it be?
Noah: It’s all going to be okay.
Me: That’s nice. Tell me something funny about you?
Noah: I shake my butt.
Me: They say that girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice. What are you made of?
Noah: Sleepiness and food and TV.
Me: What are you most proud of?
Noah: Myself, I am what I am
Me: When life gives you lemons, what do you do?
Noah: Calm down
Me: What do you see with your eyes?
Noah: Everything normal, Imagination, and sometimes magic.
Me: Thank you, Noah. It was wonderful talking to you.
Wasn’t that absolutely beautiful? Noah was exceptionally sharp, and present-minded. 
The best part was the words that he came up with and wrote himself. Let’s face it, we all need such positive affirmations in our lives because we all are battling some kind of disease, real or not. Autism awareness should be integrated into every organization, whether at schools or home. It’s important to lovingly embrace autistic kids around us.
♾15% of proceeds will be donated to Autism Council of Utah ♾•The ACU is comprised of voluntary members and is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. By donating we are helping build support for our many families in Utah who are affected by autism. Your gift will help support awareness, education and programs, research, and other autism related services. *If you want to donate but do not want to purchase one of these cute tees you can Venmo me at Courtney-North-1 and I’ll add it to our total.

Happy Autism Acceptance Month!

Courtney North

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