The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is today April 2, 2016. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events and whilst sensory issues are a well-known aspect of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), they also affect a huge number of people who might only have minor traits of ASD and no actual diagnosis.
In taking a stand for autism, we must educate ourselves about autism and what it is. Awareness is the first step towards understanding what autism is and today is that special day to take a moment and appreciate all those battling through it.
But here’s the fact. Globally, it is on record that Autism affects 1 in 68 children. This means that autistic people don’t need fixing, they don’t have missing puzzle pieces, and they’re not broken or lost. All they require is our patience and love, learning to listen to them because they understand and cue things differently. Being diagnosed as autistic isn’t a label or something negative – it can mean the difference between growing up in a confusing, scary world and getting all the right support, love, care and services. It also gives parents an explanation for difficulties their child is having or probably going through. Adults can be diagnosed with autism as well.
A lot of things that is deemed normal for most people can have a huge effect on autistic people. Some actions are guaranteed to distress an autistic child. Actions like exposure to fluorescent lights, noise in restaurants, being in traffic, being exposed to background music and personal conversations with them can sometimes make an autistic child feel uncomfortable.
Autistic people have a unique take on the world that can be fun, enlightening, entertaining and thought-provoking. They encourage us to see the value of sounds, smells, places and objects that may otherwise pass us by.
Show an autistic child love, make them feel loved and help them see love. Kindly lend your voice to the conversation on twitter thread with the hashtag #WorldAutismAwarenessDay.
Remember , Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant”—Robert Louis Stevenson