Former Norwalk resident Nick Shamhart might be able to forgive a person who glares or stares at his severely autistic daughter, Paige.
The person may not be aware of the "fog within" his daughter's mind, and what she endures daily.
Although Paige is 7-years-old, she doesn't speak. Her communication through American Sign Language doesn't make up for that inability.
It's not unusual for her to experience tantrums, some of which can last up to three hours. Crossing the street alone is out of the question, even at an older age -- Paige doesn't have a sense of danger.
While autism awareness is important, events such as fundraising outings don't necessarily work, Shamhart said. A person needs to truly understand what an individual such as Paige experiences to truly empathize with her, he added.
That's where Shamhart's newest book, "The Fog Within," comes in. A story about the Shamharts and the new book was published in Saturday's issue of the Norwalk Reflector. To read it, pick up a copy of that issue or subscribe to the e-paper (a complete digital replica of the issue) for less than $1 per week and read it now.