Autism Awareness and Acceptance in the Community
Autism is not a disability; it's a unique way of experiencing the world, or a different misunderstood type of ability. April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Awareness month is a time to spread awareness, gain acceptance, and most importantly, to celebrate and educate others and even the individuals themselves. Our society has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to accepting a person on the Autism spectrum.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. However, it's crucial to remember that each person with autism is unique, with their own strengths, challenges, and perspectives. Some may struggle in communication, but be above average in math! Some may struggle in academics, but be above average in sports!
Based on my research and personal experience, I’ve noticed both myself and others on the Autism spectrum struggle in one area, but obsess and are way above average in other areas, even more above average in that area then a person without autism.
Instead of framing autism as a disorder to be cured, it's seen as a natural variation of the human brain. People with autism think differently, and often outside the box. Embracing neurodiversity means recognizing that autistic individuals contribute their own talents and skills to our communities. We should accept their unique perspectives and abilities, and having a society where everyone can thrive and feel worthy and accepted for who they truly are.
One big thing with having autism is that individuals often have more than one thing that triggers overstimulation and anxiety, and even outbursts. It’s best to be aware of each persons triggers and help them either learn to be around it, or to remove themself from the situation. An example of this is chewing. I hate the sound of chewing. I can’t be in the same room with somebody eating. What I’ve learned is to leave the room and sit somewhere calm and where nobody else is eating around me.
Education plays a vital role in autism acceptance. By promoting autism awareness in schools, workplaces, and communities, we can reduce bullying and can increase compassion and empathy. Nobody with autism should feel left out or unwanted. We all deserve to be happy!
Practice makes better, not perfect. World change doesn’t happen instantly. If you want to make the world a better place, then be the person you want everyone else to be. It starts with changing yourself. Together, we can move beyond awareness and towards a society that fully accepts and celebrates the unique strengths and perspectives of those on the autism spectrum. Education is very important in gaining acceptance and compassion towards others.
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