The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

12 May 2023

An open letter to my kids on the spectrum

The image shows a mom Genevieve Cruz and her two children Zion who is on a spectrum and Zafina.
Mommy Genevieve with kids, Zion and Zafina

There are no words to express the depth of love and admiration I have for each of you. As your mom, I want to take a moment to send you a heartfelt message filled with encouragement, understanding, and unwavering support.

First and foremost, please know that you are extraordinary in every way. Autism is just a part of who you are; it does not define you or limit your potential. I believe in your unique abilities, your beautiful minds, and the incredible strength you possess.

I want you to remember that you are not alone on this journey. Our family is here for you, standing beside you every step of the way. We are a team, and together, we can overcome any challenge that comes our way. I am your advocate, your ally, and your biggest cheerleader. My love for you knows no bounds, and I will always fight for your rights, acceptance, and inclusion in this world.

I understand that the world may not always understand you as well as I do, but please never doubt your worth or feel discouraged. Your differences make you special and unique. Embrace your strengths, explore your passions, and let your brilliance shine. The world needs your incredible perspectives, your creativity, and your untapped potential.

Remember to be kind to yourself. Autism may present certain obstacles, but it also gifts you with remarkable strengths. Celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem to others. Every step forward, every milestone reached, is a testament to your resilience and determination.

Know that I am here to listen, to learn, and to grow alongside you. Your experiences and insights have taught me so much, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be your mother. I promise to always support you, to provide a safe space for you to express yourself, and to learn from you as we navigate this world together.

Above all, my dear children, please remember that you are loved unconditionally. You are deserving of love, respect, and happiness. Your autism is a beautiful part of who you are, and it brings a unique light into our lives. Never let anyone make you feel less than you are. You are strong, you are capable, and you are loved beyond measure.

With all my love, Mommy.

This article was originally published on Mommy Genevieve's Facebook account.

About the author:
Mommy Genevieve Cruz is currently the ASP City of San Fernando, Pampanga Chapter president. She has three children: Zion, Ezra, and Zafina. Her eldest, Zion, is on the autism spectrum; recently, Zafina, the youngest, was also diagnosed on the spectrum. She is an athlete who used to compete internationally and won a silver medal in the 2019 Global Powerlifting event in Thailand. Aside from being an ASP chapter president, she is also the head coach of Kilo Killaz, a team of young powerlifters.


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