This month we celebrate Autism Awareness. Awareness months are important, as they remind us to take action. However, we also need to educate ourselves about the facts, in order to bring about acceptance. There is no point in just knowing, acceptances require a shift in thought.
So what exactly is Autism and why acceptance?
Autism is a lifelong developmental condition and it affects how Autistics communicate and relate with people. They may also have difficulties with understanding and processing language. Some also struggle with sensory issues. Sensory difficulties may have a dramatic effect on their behaviour. Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all autistic people have certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
Acceptance of Autism is a constant process; it calls for understanding, acknowledgement and conscious attempts to overcome intolerance of anything that is different from “normal”. Acceptance looks at unities shared and the innate strength in diversity. It says that its fine to be who you are, because that is what makes you uniquely you. Acceptance means educating yourself, and seeing the beauty of the exceptional skill set that each autistic has When true acceptance is found you will know that there is no place for labeling. Each person in this world functions differently each day, high and low and somewhere in between.
Lets make this month more than just Autism awareness, but Autism acceptance too. Let us celebrate the diversity and respect each other’s differences.
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