Today is World Autism Awareness Day. There is such a need for us to understand and appreciate the complexities and mysteries of the outward challenges of those who suffer from autism, as well as their inner goodness, intelligence and unique gifts. I think of so many kids challenged by this, including my beautiful nephew, Karcher, and the patient, sacrificial families doing all they can to nurture and teach and protect their loved ones. My nephew has greater life tests and trials than most kids will ever have to deal with, but he’s also incredibly gifted intellectually, and we love him so very much. Karcher is one of the brightest students in his high school senior class; he’ll be gradated next month, and he proudly works alongside his dad at the service station they own and operate in Anchorage. Autism truly is a mystery. May God bless all of these children and families, and may God give our nation a compassionate heart to better understand the purity and perspective our special needs community has to offer.
And congratulations Karch!
– Sarah Palin