Love without words A Family's Quest For Autism Acceptance

Hi, My name is Carson

meet carson

Carson was diagnosed with autism when he was 18 months old. Initially, the diagnosis was meet with fear. Carson's parents, Jeff and Amy Belles, tried anything and evreything they could to "fix" Carson, to no avail.

“I feel bad about the person I was. At the time you would do anything and you would jump through any hoop to fix him. There was no need to fix him."- Jeff belles

Gradually, the Belles realized the mistake in their approach. It was not Carson who needed changing. It was themselves. To truly accept their son, the Belles had to change their expectations of what and who Carson should be.

“I’m not trying to change my son. He’s beautiful.he's amazing. and he's the most unique person i've ever meet. I want to embrace who he is and what he is.” - amy belles

Jeff and Amy have learned to embrace and accept Carson for who he is and now they are on a mission to change the narrative surrounding the diagnosis. For the 1 in 68 children diagnosed with the condition, autism awareness is not enough. In order for autistic individuals to thrive and achieve their potential in society, we need to strive for autism acceptance. Awareness is only the first step.

“You don’t get invited to birthday parties. You don’t get invited to be a part of groups.We’ve lost friends, close friends, that their typical world we don’t fit into.”- Jeff belles

Since Carson's diagnosis, the Belles have faced instances, of rejection and exclusion. From not getting invited to birthday parties, to the judgmental glances of strangers, the need for autism acceptance in our communities is clear.

“I’ve been in a store where Carson was melting down and pounding me on the back … and a lady said to me, ‘sir, sir, you should give him a good smack,’” And I asked Her (sarcastically) if it was a new cure for autism.”- Jeff belles
Shifting Kulture

meet the cause

The Belles have recently partnered with Kulture City, a nonprofit organization, with the mission of creating a world where all individuals with autism and their families can be accepted and treated equally. Together, they started a local chapter of the national nonprofit in Ohio. Last month, Kulture city unveiled its national autism acceptance campaign, Love Without Words.

"The Love without Words campaign was created to remind us that you don't need words to express love. We express love with our actions, our deeds, and in many other ways. Autism or not, we are all one family. We all express love without words." - Kulture city

The Goal

The goal of the Love Without Words campaign is to shift the autism narrative, from autism awareness, to autism acceptance. It is first large-scale global campaign ever launched, with a positive spin on autism and will help create a culture of inclusion and acceptance.

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