Austen "Always By My Side"
“My older brother Connor is an artist, volunteer, and activist who just happens to be deaf and autistic. Having a sibling on the spectrum comes with its own challenges. Siblings of those with disabilities have different stories than those of their parents, siblings, or other family members, and yet we don’t get to tell those stories very often. No, we aren’t the ones raising them, but we are the ones who go to school with them and hear classmates whisper about their “weird” actions and snicker.
We’re the ones who stand by them at every occasion and watch others stare as our sibling reacts to a sensory overload. We’re the ones who watch our communities not understand our sibling and instead of educate themselves and attempt to include our siblings, make fun of them instead. As siblings, it’s not only our role to protect our brothers and sisters - we also must use our experience to help educate others about what our sibling experiences.”
AUSTEN'S STORY HERE.