April is Autism Awareness Month, and all over the world various advocacy groups, parents' resource agencies and activists are "lighting it up blue" to build awareness of autism and related disabilities. This annual event was held on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, and was marked by landmarks all over the world bathed in blue light to draw attention to the cause of finding treatments for autism.
So, that happened.
On Friday, in total non-defiance of both recent history and national expectations, Congress failed to come to an agreement to avert the latest unnecessary self-inflicted wound on the nation in the form of the so-called sequester.
My homemade birthday hat was perched on the side of my head as I held a fake golden trophy in one hand and a microphone in the other. I knew I looked ridiculous, but the reason I was speaking in front of a crowd of people couldn't have been more serious.