Our newest InFaith Pictures film looks at life with autism through interviews with parents and caregivers of those affected by the disorder. One in sixty-eight American children is on the autism spectrum, and raising a child on the spectrum is not easy. It takes a lot of patience, kindness, and willingness to let go of the desire to control every nuance of life – qualities and character traits that few (if any) parents possess within themselves apart from Jesus. To image Jesus to a child with autism means relying on the Holy Spirit every day for strength, grace, and love.
There’s a special relationship between dad and daughter. I get it with Barrett. I love her interactions with me, which are much different from those she has with other people because I’m her dad. But on the ride-along I went on last Friday night, as I talked with people, I began to see that the commonality was the lack of a dad. A dad who abused a guy, a dad who abandoned his child, and a dad who worked too much all resulted, at least in part, in homelessness, violence, bitterness, and rage.Continue