Hey guys, this week I am writing about World Autism Awareness Week (from 27th March to the 2nd April). Anyone that knows me well will know that I support this a lot and that it is something extremely important to me. I have a family member with Autism that means the world to me and most people will know who I’m talking about but for now, I just want to talk about this.
The National Autistic Society define Autism as, “A lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.” – http://www.autism.org.uk/about/what-is.aspx
Some people seem to think that some autistic are stupid and don’t understand simple things, but that is simply not true, I suppose it’s a stereotype and the people who believe it are just being ignorant. Individuals with autism are actually the opposite, they are so smart, they think of things that others wouldn’t. The family member that I am talking about often gets called stupid, but he’s the complete opposite. It was snowing, which meant everyone who just had trainers on ended up having wet socks for the whole day. The family member that I am writing about, took his socks off and put them down the side of a water pipe. How smart is that? I don’t know anyone else that would have thought about it at the age of 8. The water pipe got hot and by break time, he had toasty warm socks to wear, whereas the rest of us just had socking wet socks and cold feet.
We got told that this person would never go to a mainstream school and that’s exactly where he is now. He would “never” be able to hold a conversation or read and write, but they were wrong. He proved them all wrong without even knowing it. His autism does not define him, even if people do define him by his autism.
Thing is, people with autism are still human, there the same as us, they just have a special gift. I wouldn’t trade the person I’m talking about for anyone else. He’s special and although sometimes things are difficult, I wouldn’t trade him for the world.
People also seem to think that individuals with autism feel no empathy or affection, which is complete rubbish. People with autism are humans too. They do have feelings. This is complete rubbish and when I saw an article titled with this I couldn’t believe it, how ridiculous!
Other stereotypes are that they are supposed to be slow and confused but once again this isn’t the case. We all get confused from time to time and if someone actually took the time to explain things, this certainly wouldn’t be a stereotype.
“People with autism should look autistic”. This statement annoyed me so much, what is an autistic person supposed to look like? I know that there are physical symptoms of autism but not every autistic person has them. This is just another example of an ignorant statement that some people may have the nerve to actually say or think.
There’s a video that I want to share, it’s from The National Autistic Society, it shows how some autistic children may experience things. Link: https://youtu.be/Lr4_dOorquQ
This week should have been about how valued and special autistic people really are! They are not the stereotypes that people may think or say, they are human like the rest of us and they deserve respect just like other humans.
Okay so that’s it from me this week. Happy World Autism Awareness Week! Have a good week, stay strong and keep smiling. Treat others as you would want to be treated. Until next time… Much love – Alison xx