What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition that involves persistent challenges in social interaction, speech and nonverbal communication, and restricted/repetitive behaviors. It is a spectrum disorder meaning, it affects each person in a different way with varying symptoms.
First things first, Autism is not an illness or a disease. It’s just a condition where autistic people’s brain works different than yours. They experience high sensitivity to light and sounds, or smells can be extremely overwhelming. They experience difficulties in understanding or expressing emotions, making eye contact and social interactions. Sometimes they exhibit repetitive behaviors like flapping their hands, walking back and forth and such.
Autistic people express themselves differently. Some don’t talk at all while others talk all the time. They might have some intense fears that others might have difficulty in understanding.
Autistic people too can life their life to the fullest
Having autism doesn’t necessarily prevent people from living their life to the fullest. Some can have intense passions and interests. Also some can understand extremely complicated things very easily. According to the stats, 20% of the autistic people are extremely intelligent. They may have a very good attention to detail which makes their work very accurate and reliable. They are also extremely dedicated to their interests and passions.
Autism Myths vs Facts
Myth #1: Autism is caused by bad parenting.
This is a very old myth that says autism is caused by “refrigerator parents” (cold and uncaring parents). It’s NOT! The causes of autism is not clear and sometimes it’s passed down to next generation, meaning it’s genetic.
Myth #2: Autistic people are unsociable
It can be difficult and stressful for autistic people to interact and make friends with others. But that doesn’t mean that they are not sociable.
Myth #3: Autism can be cured
Again, it’s not a disease or illness to be cured but a lifelong condition. Autistic people doesn’t want to be “cured” but understood and accepted.
Myth #4: Autistic people are dangerous
If any, autistic people can only be victims of a crime not perpetrators. If any perpetrator is autistic, the media spins the story as every autistic person is dangerous rather than accepting it’s coincidental.
Myth #5: All autistic people are the same
Autism and its symptoms varies from person to person. There is no stereotypes here or a checklist to check. And it is invisible. Autistic people do not necessarily look different than the others.
World Autism Awareness Day | April 2nd
April 2nd is observed as World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations and the whole month of April as awareness month. The member states of the UN and the other charitable organizations are encouraged to spread awareness and acceptance for autism spectrum disorder.
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Also Thomas has written about the acceptance of autism in a great article. Do check it out here :
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