To be honest, there weren't many responders to this one. Some spoke of a desire to see their child grow up and have a job, or relationships, or to be able to be independent. All great dreams! And they represent the broad range of abilities on the spectrum well.
There was one answer that really spoke to me, as a parent of two who are on the less severe end of the spectrum, though. I have asked permission to quote it. It was given by 'Square Pegs', who has a great Facebook page that I check in on often.
"That my son will stay as wildly eccentric as he is as a child as an adult, people not see him as AS but as an amazing passionate about what he does person and that all who know him will just be a fan so to speak.. Much like some of the "suspected aspies" in our family tree.. Amazingly brilliant and loved by all ♥ This is my DREAM for him."
What a great dream! I mean, who does't want their kid to have fans? Who doesn't want their kid to be passionate about what they do? This mum has looked at her son, who has Aspergers Syndrome, and seen the same possibilities as she would looking at any 'normal' child, and included his eccentricities in that dream! She doesn't want him to be just like any other child, just to achieve his best with what he has, and be given every opportunity, just like anyone else, to shine bright!! "Amazingly brilliant and loved by all"!!
I think Square Pegs' answer spoke to me so well because it articulated clearly what I had been trying to say myself. And so, she kind of wrote this post for me. I don't feel like there's much more that I want to say, so I'll stop. Which brings us to the end of Autism Awareness/Aceptance Month ....... except for one more, special post tomorrow. Watch this space. (Here's a hint)