March 26, 2015 in Uncategorized
Next week (the first week in April) is World Autism Awareness Week and Thursday 2nd is Autism Awareness Day. Supporters everywhere are busy preparing for some fun and challenging events that will hopefully raise awareness and more support for individuals and families dealing with autism on a daily basis.
As always, the UK’s National Autistic Society has events taking place up and down the country and, if you want to find out, you can check in on their website to see what is happening near you.
Just another charity awareness thingy, you might be thinking! But awareness weeks are important for two reasons. Firstly, those who are affected by disabilities, in this case autism spectrum disorders, often feel misunderstood and isolated. A time dedicated to informing and making others aware of what autism actually is and how it impacts the one in every one hundred believed to be affected by it helps to educate others and so reduce this feeling of isolation. Parents who struggle with children who have low-functioning autism are heroes and deserve to be understood and supported. Those who have high functioning autism and asperger’s syndrome often deal with life and relationships differently – they and their families/partners have specific and ongoing needs. Secondly, research into causes, possible preventions and therapies/treatment methods are always ongoing. It is vital that this work is supported and funded so that those affected by autism spectrum disorders are best helped and supported.
“The things that make me different are the things that make me!” said A A Milne, creator of Winnie the Pooh! Autism Awareness Week and Day is a great chance to find out about one condition that is a part of what makes many millions uniquely who there are the world over.
Author of Autism: A Parent’s Guide and Asperger’s Syndrome: The Essential Guide, Need2Know Books