Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Glenn Beck Turns Back On Dad of Six Autistic Kids

My title is another example of sensationalistic "Headlines" that we are seeing a lot during this political season. (my little joke, HA!) If you look closely you'll seen Glenn smiling. (also notice that Glenn and I have similar chins) He was at a book signing, last Saturday, for his latest book. My oldest son, Ben, snapped the picture just after I handed Glenn a gift t-shirt from our website. (Glenn was actually turning around to put the t-shirt on a table behind him) He was very nice and when I told him I was the Dad of six Autistic children and that the t-shirt was from our website he said, "God bless you sir."

The big face in this shot is me.

I silenced the room and created a fair amount of laughter when I let out a VERY loud, AWWWWWW-YEAHHHHHH!!! about 5 times during the book signing.

The people behind me got this shot for me and emailed it. Thanks Connie!

In between the folds of the t-shirt I included a note to Glenn regarding Autism. Here are some excerpts from that letter: "Make a Difference for Autistic Families. Who We Are - My wife, Robin, and I are the parents of six Autistic children. We are participants in a genetic study on Autism at the University of Utah. We’re making this appeal especially to you because as a father of a special needs child you would have an understanding of our hopes for, our and all Autistic children’s future.

You Are Too Busy - I know… I know that you are busier then a one-armed paper hanger that also has just one leg, now involved in a butt kicking contest. However, I hope that you will consider helping parents that have been financially devastated by Autism.

We are forming a non-profit, The AutismBites Foundation. Our wish is to get needed funds into the hands of Autistic parents for basic needs, home renovations to keep their children safe, for treatments and interventions to improve their children’s lives...

...Do an AutismBites charity day on one of you radio programs sometime in 2008. It could be much like the one Rush Limbaugh does for Lymphoma where he raised around 5 million dollars last time."

I then included this recent picture of our family.

Hope and pray with me that we can get the AutismBites Foundation to become a reality very soon.


dadto5 said...

You scared me with the title. I love Glenn.

God Bless You

~Miss Nelson said...

lol@ the title.

Your family is beautiful.
Seasons greetings.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I'm the mother of an autistic child. All my respect to all of you. You inspired me! God Bless you. My daughter loved the t-shirts and we will be ordering soon.

OpenMinded1980 said...

The love i see you give eachother makes me wish i was a part of your family. My family has seen its share of hardship but you guys turn yours into good. My love and prayers go out to you and yours!!!

kchid said...

What a blessing your words are. In the middle of the muck it is good to be reminded that I have been chosen by God for the task of raising a child with autism. It is my passion to help my church to be more welcoming of families with all disabilities.

Sam Smith said...

I enjoyed reading your post, but the title "bites" and isn't fair to Glenn.

Sudhakar said...

As a father of an autistic girl, I really admire you and your wife raising 6 autistic kids and you give me hope and strength. I hope Glen beck brings more attention to this condition through his tv and radio shows.

marta said...

Glen Beck has the same chin as you? really??? who cares?

Ettina said...

"Our wish is to get needed funds into the hands of Autistic parents for basic needs, home renovations to keep their children safe, for treatments and interventions to improve their children’s lives..."

I'd like to see money for autistic parents too. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure he doesn't mean autistic parents, but rather parents of autistic children.