One definition of a hero is a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life. The brothers and sisters of a child with Autism certainly qualify as heroes.
If you think being the parent of a child with Autism is hard, try walking a mile in the shoes of the brother or sister! A new television show called Parenthood touches on this subject. In the 2nd episode (1st I watched) the son in the family was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. The story line is wonderful not only about the parents and how they are dealing with the diagnosis and treatment options, but also how the sister is coping. Future episodes show how she has always been affected. You can watch free episodes at their website.
One real life hero shares her story in a book she wrote when she was 8.
Download her story My Brother Has Autism and become a fan on their Facebook page.
Often times brothers and sisters are the protectors, the ones that go without, the embarrassed, and best friend to the child with Autism. Do you know a hero? Take the time to let them know how much you appreciate all that they do for their sibling who has Autism.