Tuesday, April 2, 2013

bento school lunch | Somebunny I love has autism

Today is World Autism Awareness Day and day 2 of what will hopefully be a month-long series of Autism themed lunches, featuring lots of puzzle shapes. :)

Somebunny I love has autism, but this is not his lunch. Owen would never (ever) eat this lunch. This lunch is his little sister's. 
Somebunny I love has Autism - an Autism Awareness Message lunch
Packed in an Easylunchbox:
- bologna and cheese sandwich
- veggie chips
- organic chocolate covered peanuts
- cucumber slices
- strawberry slices and grapes

The sandwich was cut using a cutter from the puzzle Lunch Punch set.

The organic chocolate covered peanuts are basically a natural dye alternative to your typical peanut M&Ms. The colors are derived from natural sources, like beet juice. I found these in a bulk bin at Whole Foods. 

I mentioned yesterday that I will be sharing messages about autism this month. These messages are being straight-up plagiarized by my friend, Amy.  Amy lives in California with her husband and two kiddos, one of whom has autism. Amy is a cookie-eating, head-shaving, super smart heroine of mine. She's awesome. You'll just have to take my word on that. :) Amy also has a tradition of posting autism awareness messages as status updates on her Facebook profile during April. She has a nice way with words, unlike me, who tends to ramble way too much. ;)

From Amy:
"Welcome to Autism... Something Month. April is traditionally known as Autism Awareness Month, but in recent years, some have been pushing to call it Autism Acceptance Month.
Why? Because typical awareness campaigns center on charity fundraising and are built on doom, gloom and negative stereotypes. And, the thinking goes, we're all aware that autism exists, now we need to take constructive action.

Personally, I'm lukewarm on the "acceptance" label. We can't force acceptance or action, but we can the foster awareness and understanding that lead to them. And that's what I plan to do this month!

So, in the name of compromise, happy Autism Understanding Month or just happy Autism Month! ;) Whatever you decide to call it, get ready to learn and discuss!
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Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

I agree, not crazy about "acceptance" part..As a parent, I think we need to make people aware ,so that we take away some of the negative parts...Show how wonderful,amazing,unique our children are.

Cute lunch ;)

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

Yay! You get to steal my quotes and I get to steal your lunch ideas. It's a win win. :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Beautifully written. There's a big difference between acceptance, understanding, and affirmative action. For my son and my students, thank you Amy!

Jenn Christ said... [Reply to comment]

Love the lunch and the info! :)

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