How to Spread the Word of Love … Ten Songs to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day

How to spread the word of love-ten songs to celebrate world autism awareness day

April 2nd is World Autism Awareness day.

Autism spectrum disorder is a life long disability that affects how a person communicates and relates with others and how they experience the world around them.

There’s a lot of stigmas to people with autism.

Many people misunderstand those with the spectrum.

Therefore, let us join organizations all over the world on this big day ( April 2nd ) and the whole month ( April ) every year when they do autism-friendly events and educational activities to foster understanding and acceptance of people with autism.

Worldwide support is done by lighting blue landmarks, buildings, homes and communities in recognition of people living with autism.

In line with these activities, musicians all over the world have made and performed awesome songs to celebrate this day.

We all know that music is a vibrant way of letting people learn about something or disseminating important information.

Likewise, listening to songs about autism uplifts people with ASD and their families  and inspires others to learn how to understand them.

I have found really beautiful and inspirational songs that speak about autism.

Songs that were written and performed by musicians, ordinary people with families who have autism, and even young people with ASD.

Ten songs that will touch your hearts, like they touched mine,  and will open up your minds to accept and understand these kids and adults with autism.

Awesome songs that will teach everyone how to spread the word of love about autism, ten songs to celebrate world autism day on April 2nd and same day every year.

Sit down and enjoy the videos and sing with the artist- I have written the lyrics below the videos so you can follow.

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Here goes:

1. Beautiful blessing

This song, written and sang by Chelsea Stepp, was inspired and dedicated to her youngest sister who was diagnosed with autism at age two.

She considers this song her most important personal accomplishment because the organization “Autism Speaks,” used it as promotional material, thus Stepp performed it at the annual Summit for Autism in Washington.

Chelsea Stepp is a singer-song writer from Warfield, Ky who started singing when she was 3 or 4 after her parents bought her a toy karaoke machine. She started playing the guitar since she was 14, not really serious at first, but with constant practice, got better with her craft.

She auditioned for ” American idol,” when she was a teenager and won ” Big Sandy Idol,” an Eastern Kentucky-based competition.

 

 

Here’s the inspiring lyrics, which spreads autism awareness and how we need to acknowledge that kids with autism are misunderstood a lot because they can’t express how they feel.

” You mean what you say, just can’t say what you mean

Bottled up inside your head, and bursting at the seams

Trapped inside a world that’s all your own

Your thoughts roll in like waves crashing on the shore

Time is ticking, time is ticking, time to pace the floor

Back and forth to find the place where you belong

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

Things could be better, but things could be worse

Give me your heaven, give me your hurt

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

Act like I understand, but if I told the truth

I couldn’t stand as tall if I were in your shoes

Everyone needs a hero, and here you are

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

Things could be better, but things could be worse

Give me your heaven, give me your hurt

Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse

It’s all those things you’ll never had you’ll never miss
But I would give anything if I could change this
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse
Things could be better, but things could be worse
Give me your heaven, give me your hurt
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse
Beautiful blessing, beautiful curse.”
2. Not so different

Cassandra Kubinski, the singer/songwriter, wrote this song for her friend Vanessa, who had 2 boys with autism spectrum disorder.

She learned that this family had to overcome challenges, red tape and judgement to get education, after school programs or just collect information.

Their goal is to raise awareness and solicit funds for autism programs and services across the UK, US and Canada.

 

 

Listen to this beautiful song and follow singing with the lyrics below.

” I can be sunshine
Even when all you see is rain
I can be silence
Inside I’m calling out your name.

Words don’t come easy
But I hear everything you say
Reach out and touch me
I need to feel your heart today

So don’t say that I’m in the dark, ‘coz you can’t see my light.

It takes every colour in the spectrum to make the world so bright
If we want to understand
We all must learn to listen
Love speaks in a million ways

And in the end we’re not so different
Yeah, yeah
We’re not so different
Yeah, yeah

It can be hard I know.
When all you wanna do is help
But just I’m learning everything I need within myself
It takes a village, it takes a will, it takes some work and it takes time
Discovering slowly, growing the world that is in my mind. “

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3. Through my eyes

Lyrics: Valerie Foley
Music: Fiona Johnson
Artist: Scott James

This song tells how a person with autism feels and looks at the
world around him. That through his eyes, he sees things differently than
us.

That knowing how he feels and sees things, maybe he has fears, but
we just need to understand him, and guide him to overcome his fears.

 

 

The lyrics are so powerful. Sing along with Scott James and feel how an autism person feels, so you can see the world through his eyes and be more accepting of his world.

” See the world through my eyes
It changes shape and it changes size
It’s not quite the world you see.
If you could find a way to look around inside my mind

Maybe you would understand me 

I’m not blind, but I can’t always see
I’m not deaf, but things can sound strange to me
I’m not trapped, but it’s hard to feel free
Imagine what it’s like to be me

Imagine what it’s like to be me

It’s hard for me to try to think things through or talk like you
Everything can be a blur sometimes
But if you walk along beside me, hold my hand and guide me

Together any mountain we can climb 

‘Cause I’m not blind, but I can’t always see
I’m not deaf, but things can sound strange to me
I’m not trapped, but it’s hard to feel free

Imagine what it’s like to be me
Imagine what… I’m dreaming of my future and it’s brighter than you know
I’ll get there on a different road when I am ready to go…

I don’t need pity, I don’t need tears

I just need someone to help me understand my fears
Tell me you believe in me, let me know that I’m OK
Help me feel safe in the world and I will find my way

‘Cause I’m not blind, but I can’t always see

I’m not deaf, but things can sound strange to me
I’m not trapped, but it’s hard to feel free
Imagine what it’s like to be me
Imagine what it’s like

Imagine seeing the world through my eyes.”

4. If the world only knew

Lyrics and music by Scott Evan Davis, in collaboration with the students of p94 Spectrum school.

Performed by Ilan Galkoff, 12 year old, who said, ” I am not autistic but I chose to sing this song because I love the message in it.

It is a song about people with autism wanting to be the same as
everyone else and not to be told they can’t do things because of their
disability.

 I have been fortunate enough to appear in a few
West End Shows. I love singing, art and raising money for charity. I
hope you enjoy the song and will believe in yourself enough to show the
world what you can do.

 I have a wonderful cousin who is autistic and I dedicate my song to him. “

 

 

Check out the lyrics and sing with Ilan.

“Every day seems like the day before

Keeping to myself but wanting so much more

I could be a painter

Or in the hall of fame

I can almost hear them calling out my name

But when people look at me

That’s not what they see

If the world only knew what I could do

They would be astounded

If the world only knew what I could do

I would be surrounded

If the world only knew what I could do

Maybe I’d be free

If they could see there’s so much more in me

I put up my guard to deal with fear

When things get too hard then I disappear

I wish that I could tell them

And make them understand

Being different wasn’t something I had planned

But when people look at me

They don’t want to see

If the world only knew what I could do

I would be respected

If the world only knew what I could do

I would not be rejected

If the world only knew what I could do

Then I could be free

And they would see all that I have in me.

I would show them all that everyone is different

I would stand up tall instead of run away

 If there was no world I’d have nothing standing in my way

Then I would be still only me

If the world only knew what I could do

I would shine in glory

If the world only knew what I could do

I would tell a different story

If the world only knew what I could do

Finally they would see

I am just what I’m supposed to be. “

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5. I’ll never give up on you

Lyrics and Piano by George L. Rodriguez

Sung by: Racquel Roberts

Rodriguez  has a son who was diagnosed with autism at 3 years old, and was already 18 and high spirited when he wrote this song in 2014.

The first line, ” I look at you with your angelic face, ” was inspired by the photo of his son when he was 3.

 

 

This moving song is dedicated to children, parents and people who are living with a unique life experience, which maybe different and misunderstood by others.

 

” I look at you with your angelic face

A beautiful child a bit out of place

Sure you’re different if that’s all they see

Yet given the chance you can be so much more.

Caring people will open up doors

In my eyes you’re perfect to me

Everyday things others easily do

Language and play come so hard to you

Still step by step each moment is brand new.

So take my hand and I’ll lead the way

With laughter, love, patience, faith

When we believe our dreams can come true

I’ll never give up on you.

Sometimes your blue skies will suddenly rain

Like ripples of water not exactly the same

People will stare hon, you needn’t explain

For your life’s a story, the world is your stage

Just be yourself, no matter your age.

To all the critics you’ve got nothing, nothing to prove

So take my hand and I’ll lead the way

With laughter, love, patience, faith

When you believe your dreams can come true

I’ll never give up on you.

How did it happen this global mistake

1 in 100 is too much to take

Questions to answers, answers are keys

Unlocking this mystery

Here are your keys.

So baby take my hand and I’ll lead the way

With laughter, love, patience, faith

When you believe your dreams can come true

Your life’s a story, the world is your stage

Just be yourself no matter your age

This is your time take it!

To yourself be true

I’ll never give up

No I’ll never give up

No I’ll never give up on you

I’ll never give up on you

Love You.”

6. Unstoppable: A Song for Autism

Singers/Song-writers: Tommy Byrne & Isabella Guerriero ( 2018 )

Tommy was in his 20’s when Anthony, his cousin, was diagnosed with autism. His parents brought him for stem cell treatments and gradually he improved and became more verbal and was able to go to school.

Anthony has been a source of great joy for their family and he was nicknamed “Unstoppable Anthony” ( thus the title of this song ) because of how he can change people’s lives-with random hugs to strangers in restaurants or jumping on their laps with a laugh and a big,wide smile.

Tommy thought of some of the song’s lyrics and melody while on his way home on a train and he went to visit Anthony the next day where he asked his sister, Isabella, also Tommy’s god daughter, who was 7 at that time, to help him finish the song.

Isabella got her crayon and paper and wrote the lyrics and was done after 25 minutes. Anthony’s dad also helped in the chorus part and reminded them about how he communicates.

 

They hope that this song can be a voice for people with any disability, including autism.

The important message of their song is, ” We hear you.”

 

” I know you get frustrated, trying to tell us what you want to say.

I know it’s not easy for you, but that’s okay.

When you go through hard times, you’re not by yourself.

We don’t like it either and all we want to do is help.

We see the words in your smile.

We see the joy right in your eyes.

When something in your world goes wrong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Life is one big ocean, waiting there for you.

Don’t be afraid of those waves, just jump right through.

We all believe you can fly, if you really want to.

Just remember you can do anything that you want to do.

We see the words in your smile.

We see the joy right in your eyes.

When something in your world goes wrong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

We see the words in your smile.

We see the joy right in your eyes.

When something in your world goes wrong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong.

Remember to stand up and be strong. “

7. I’m in here

Artist: BJ McKelvie & Cathy Hutch

This song is sung from the point of view of a child with autism as he communicates with a loved one.

That he wants to reveal himself as he tries to find a way to show who he really is and all he needs is acknowledgement that he is just here and just wants others to see the world through his eyes.

 

 

” With every breaking dawn

A brand new child is born

Someday they’ll be full of hopes and dreams

It won’t be very long until they move out on their own

‘Cause that’s the way life’s supposed to be.

But something isn’t right

There’s a lost look in their eyes

They’re crying out 

“Why can’t you just see?” 

I’m in here

When the joy turns to crying ( crying )

See the world through my eyes

For just a moment in time

I’m in here

Oh don’t you know I’m trying ( trying ) 

To find a way to show you who I am

So through the years

Through triumph and through tears

These are the one who make their own way

They touch you deep inside

Where your love just cannot hide

Just open your heart and hear them say (hear them say )

I’m in here

When the joy turns to crying 

See the world through my eyes

For just a moment  in time

I’m in here

Oh don’t you know I’m trying
To find a way to show you who I am
The world may be cruel
In my times of desperation
Can’t find the words to express how I feel
So I strike out in pain and frustration
I might not speak
But my feelings are so clear
I’m in here
I’m in here
I’m in here
When the joy turns to crying
See the world with my eyes
For just a moment in time
I’m in here
Oh, don’t you know I’m trying (trying )
I’m in here
To find a way to show you
I’m in here
When the joy turns to crying (crying)
See the world with my eyes
For just a moment in time
I’m in here
Oh, don’t you know I’m trying
To find a way to show you
I’m in here
When the joy turns to crying (crying)
See the world with my eyes
For just a moment in time
I’m in here. “
8. Missing pieces

Written by Mark Leland/ Tim Calhoun in 2008
Artist: Mark Leland

This song encourages everyone to do their part in helping families with the overwhelming task of raising a child with autism.

 

 

” It was a mid December evening

In a room of heavy breathing,

When I looked into my little baby’s eyes,

And like the ships that sail the ocean,

He had captured my emotions,

Wrapped them up just like a gift

At Christmas time.

I thanked the Lord above that he was mine

I prayed to God that everything was fine,

After months we saw him changing,

Nathaniel’s speech was rearranging,

So we took him back to see what they could find

And after ironing out the creases,

They came up with missing pieces,

And they told us that autism’s on the rise,

I looked into my little baby’s eyes,

I promised him to find the reasons why.

Now I lay him down to sleep

I pray the Lord my son could speak,

And make him strong, where he is weak

This I ask of you…

And just like him, there’s many more

That need our help to win this war,

Cause who knows what might lay in store,

To help them make it through.

The doctor says, there’s so much more to do,

To put the pieces back together,

But it’s up to me and you.

So now we lay down to sleep

And pray the Lord they all could speak,

Please make them strong, where they are weak.

This we ask of you…

Cause now we know there’s so many more

That need our help to win this war,

And who knows what might lay in store,

To help them make it through.

Yes, who knows what might lay in store,

The missing piece is me and you..

Hello Dad. “

9. Through the spectrum

Written and performed by Carla Bianco

 

 

This is an ode to mom through the eyes of an autistic child, how the kid feels his mom’s unconditional love.

 

” When I was two years old

You saw something special

They couldn’t see

You did everything you could, mom

To reach me.

You opened the door

When the world shut me out

You showed me how I didn’t need to be more.

And You turned on the light

And taught me to smile

I just see things a different way.

I can see the world

Through the spectrum

Everywhere a rainbow

Like an anthem

When they try to see

Through my point of view

That’s when they will see the colours, too

If they could see what I see

They would get to know me differently

But you know what’s behind these eyes, mom.

What I’m feeling

Yes, you’re the one who really knows me

A mother’s love is what showed me.

I can see the world

Through the spectrum

Everywhere a rainbow

Like an anthem.

When they try to see

Through my point of view

That’s when they will see the colours, too.

Oh I see everyone is beautiful

I feel the pain inside your heart

I see everything is luminal

Like a band of colours.

Thanks to you.

I can see the world

Through the spectrum

Everywhere a rainbow

Like an anthem

When they try to see

Through my point of view

That’s when they will see the colours, too

Through the spectrum. “

10. Let me shine

This song was created in 2017 in collaboration with Oxford band Low Island. It was written by Low Island’s Jamie Jay and Carlos Posada.

It was performed by staff and young people with severe autism from Prior’s Court, a specialist residential school in West Berkshire. Most of these young people are non-verbal with severe challenges.

The message of the song is acceptance and understanding of all people in the spectrum, thus “Accept me for who I am and let me shine. “

 

 

This song ( with the lyrics below) is so moving and is proof of the achievements of the young people at Prior’s Court and how they shine with the support of their therapists.


” I have made a connection


A special bond


I help you paint with your own colours

To your own rhythm

Every day is different


Here we aim high

And everyday is always full

Of laughter and light

One step at a time


Stand next to me, walk by my side

You and I are friends for life


Stand next to me, walk by my side

Accept me for who I am ; And let me shine ( 2 x )

Accept me for who I am ; And let me shine ( 2 x )

I’m not broken
, I am unique


So all I want is for you

To believe in me

We’re all proud


To be part of this place


And we will teach each other

Something new every day

One step at a time


Stand next to me, walk by my side

You and I are friends for life


Stand next to me, walk by my side

Accept me for who I am, and let me shine ( 2x )

Accept me for who I am, and let me shine ( 2 x )

Repeat 4 x more.

Let’s come together to celebrate the world autism awareness day

There you go, I hope you enjoyed the songs as much as I did.

If I have touched a person’s heart with these songs, then I am happy that I am able to participate in the celebration of world autism awareness day on April 2nd and for the years to come.

In putting out these songs I know that I am fulfilled and inspired to show how to spread the word of love to people and kids around us with autism.

After all, they just need our understanding and acceptance.

 

Do you have somebody in the family or anybody that you know who have autism? Which of the songs remind him or her to you?

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Author: Marita

I am a doctor by profession who had several years of clinical practice as a Pediatrician and General Practitioner. At present, I work as a Clinical Research Assistant in a large university. Pangga ta ikaw remembers fondly a loved one who passed away and making her demise more meaningful. Supporting children with special needs in our hometown in the Philippines through Special Education is our main focus and through this website, we also aim at making everyone realize that special kids need our love and support.

32 thoughts on “How to Spread the Word of Love … Ten Songs to Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day”

  1. Thanks for this amazing post,  I must say that i am touched by the lyrics of most of the songs written on this article i listed to some of them that it almost made me cry,  I think I need to bring myself to caring for as many as those autistic come. April and after April they deserved to be loved. Thanks for putting this out there. Good job 

    1. Yes, April 2nd calls us to be aware that there are lots of people around us who are in the spectrum and of course, we need to continue our awareness all throughout.

      Touching your heart with theses songs means that you have more understanding of them. 

      Thanks for visiting.

      Marita

  2. Nice article there on how to spread the word of love. I must commend you for all the inspirational songs in the article,they are really great. There are people in this world that are suffering from one disorder or another, we should always show them love one way or the other to tell them that they matters and not discriminate because we can’t say what the future holds for us even if we are strong and healthy today

    1. Thanks for being open to love people in the spectrum. 

      All the songs inspired me to understand more these individuals and accepting them is all that matters.

      God bless,

      Marita

  3. Thanks for writing out this lovely article and I must say its a must for everyone to read and digest..you have really touched my heart with these songs and I can’t hesitate to download all of them for my personal hearing. I love music more than sports and games. Thanks for taking your time to write out these 10 songs.its a great job. BeSt regards  

    1. Music is a universal language that all people can understand.

      Glad that you enjoyed all the songs and I hope they have opened your heart to people with autism.

      Thanks for reading.

      Marita

  4. I so much enjoyed these songs, most especially the song titled “Not so Different ” by Casandra Kubinski. The lyrics of the song is born out of creativity and I got emotional when I dissect the lyrics in my heart. This song can even make the cold minded to rise and join the world in the celebration of the World Autisms Day. It is good to spread love always. 

    1. Absolutely! 

      Love needs to be felt by people in the spectrum and everybody has the capacity to give this love by understanding and accepting them.

      God bless,

      Marita

  5. Wow, awesome songs for an awesome cause.

    I have never head any of the songs before, they are really touching, as it really inspires the love and compassion for people

    with autism . Thanks for putting this list together, a really uplifting list. 

    Music is really a universal language with high capability of making a huge change.

    1. Hi Etah,

      I know, music touches our hearts in so many ways, especially showing our love and understanding to people with autism.

      Thanks for the appreciation.

      Marita

  6. My cousin’s son was diagnosed with autism when he was about five years old, I’ll really have to pass the link to this article on (she’ll love it!). 

    This is a really lovely collection of songs that cover the subject , and I was particularly taken by the song and lyrics performed by Scott James. Great article and a really nice subject to cover (made a refreshing change!). 

    1. Hi Chris,

      Happy that you appreciated the collection.

      I’m sure your cousin will be touched by the songs.

      Have a nice day!

      Marita

  7. This is an informative and educative article. You have thoroughly put everything in perspective for anyone reading this post to understand the points. These are lovely songs that are pleasing to the hearings. Apart from the fact that the sound is heart touching, the lyrics are also powerful which makes it much more unique.

    Thanks for sharing 

    1. Glad to know that you appreciate the songs with the lyrics.

      Let us all spread awareness, understanding and acceptance of people in the spectrum.

      God bless,

      Marita

  8. Hi,

    This is an insightful post.

    Not everyone can care for children with autism disorder. It is a service that requires patience, love and hard work.

    You made my day listening to these wonderful songs and also reminding me about the world Autism awareness day coming up on 2nd of April.

    The lyrics from Chelsea’s beautiful blessing is quite touching.  I love Anthony’s story and happy to see that his condition improved.

    1. Happy to know that the songs inspired you and awakened your awareness for people with autism.

      Thanks for taking the time to listen.

      Marita

  9. Love is the most powerful force in the world. An act of love can be understood by all languages, even without necessarily speaking.

    These songs are inspiring, and there’s a lot still for us to do about autism awareness. Autistic children are just like us too, and we ought to show them as much love as we can.

  10. Some beautiful songs listed here with beautiful lyrics.

    I love this type of music as it is uplifting and leaves one with a special feeling when listening to it.

    I hadn’t heard the song not so different before, but it was so touching that the singer wrote it especially for her friends two sons who have autism.

    Thank you for this post to make us stop and think of those with autism who are battling to communicate with the world around them.

    1. Hi  Michel,

      Thanks for the appreciation.

      Each song has a different story or background, but all of them touches our hearts and makes us aware that people with autism need our understanding and acceptance.

      God bless,

      Marita

  11. It’s safe to say you’ve probably heard about autism, the range of developmental disorders that make life a challenge for millions around the world. Over the past decade, awareness of its existence and methods of helping those who suffer from it have made great strides forward, with much greater understanding being evident throughout the world.

    1. I’m sure people are aware of its existence. but still many don’t understand how and why individuals with autism react to their environment, thus the need for more awareness.

      Thanks for reading.

      Marita

  12. Spreading love and words of love is the primary responsibility of us,  mothers. As a mother I preach love and such love is not only preached towards the healthy child only.

    Every second of April is world autism day, but I say it should be every day of the year.

    The lyrics of these music in your post touched my heart. And I believe we can do more for the autistic child everyday of our lives.

    Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Thanks for your nice words.

      Definitely everyday we need to be aware of the people with autism and show understanding and acceptance to them. Only then will it make their life easier and happier.

      And of course, a mother’s love is unique and our kids learn from us big time.

      God bless,

      Marita

  13. It’s so sad that most people do not know anything about autism or the trauma those suffering from it pass through every day of their lives. The stigma and the reaction of people worsen the whole case and makes autism patients more withdrawn and lonely. I think every one should join hand and celebrate the world autism awareness day. Let’s ring the message in every corner of the street, let the whole world know. 

    1. People like us who are aware of the need for understanding those in the spectrum really need to act together to inspire everyone to show love and acceptance of people with autism.

      Let us all join the universe on April 2nd to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day.

      Thanks for reading.

      Marita

  14. Wow, this is really a great site.  I don’t think I’ve seen a subject on autism every laid out quite this way.  Very inspirational and I just saw some of the other topics you wrote about and they highly relate with some instances in my own life.  Can’t wait to share with some family members!

    1. Hi Thomas,

      Happy to know that you’re finding my site helpful and relatable.

      Thanks for sharing with your family.

      God bless,

      Marita

  15. This is a great article.

    Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by difficulties with social interaction and communication and by restricted and repetitive behavior.

    The collection of songs are really inspiring;  I love the songs: all! They (the songs) inspire and motivate us to show love and compassion to the people with this rare but serious disorder, which is/was never their fault!

    If you have seen an autism patient you will understand better and appreciate the author of this article and the music’s.

    Let me shine is my favorite. Let us all believe in them and let them shine!

    1. Hi,

      It seems that your life has been touched by somebody with autism. It is really a humbling experience.

      With our love and support, these people with autism can really shine in their own ways.

      Thanks for visiting.

      Marita

  16. It is really good to show some love to the less privileged. It could be frustrating not to be able to communicate like way other people does. But showing love to these ones will go along way in making them know they are one of us and they mean alot to us. I love the songs and lyrics posted. They are emotional and touching, filled with love. Come April 2nd let’s show love. Thanks for this article. 

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