Autism Awareness Day
The Autism awareness day aims to put a spotlight on the hurdles that people with autism and others living with autism face every day. As per WHO report worldwide one in 160 children has an ASD. The World Autism Awareness Day is held every year on April 2. It is recognized by the United Nations member states as a day to remember the rights of autistic individuals around the world. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared the day to advocate the need for persons with autism to be able to lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society.
The word “autism” still conveys a fixed and dreadful meaning to most people. They visualize a child mute, rocking, screaming, inaccessible, cut off from human contact. And we almost always speak of autistic children, never of autistic adults, as if such children never grew up, or were somehow mysteriously spirited off the planet, out of society.
World Autism Awareness Day aims to shine a light on autism and increase awareness about people and especially children who have autism. There is also hope to develop world knowledge about autism and deliver information on how important it is to detect autism in an early stage.
Autism is common among both men and women of all races in all countries. It has an especially large impact on children and is immensely common. This is precisely why raising awareness of autism is essential.
What is the theme for World Autism Awareness Day 2021?
The UN has chosen Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World.
How to celebrate World Autism Awareness Day:
- Truly reflect to see how you can support people with autism in a way that changes lives.
- Sharing information online to spread awareness in your online communities.
- Support a local family whose child has autism.
- Getting involved in events run by autism communities.
- Listening to people you know who have autism about what it means to them.
- Donate to an autism organization.
- Engaging in discussions with your children so that they become aware and accepting of their similarities and differences.
What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.
General Autism Symptoms:
1 – Not responding to their name
2 – Avoiding eye contact
3 – Not smiling when you smile at them
4 – Getting very upset if they do not like a certain taste, smell or sound
5 – Repetitive movements, such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers or rocking their body
6 – Not talking as much as other children
7 – Repeating the same phrases
There is no cure for autism spectrum disorder, and there’s currently no medication to treat it. But some medicines can help with related symptoms like depression, seizures, insomnia, and trouble focusing. There are many ways to help minimize the symptoms and maximize abilities. People who have ASD have the best chance of using all of their abilities and skills if they receive appropriate therapies and interventions.
The most effective therapies and interventions are often different for each person. However, most people with ASD respond best to highly structured and specialized programs. In some cases, treatment can help people with autism to function at near-normal levels.
List of Specialized programs for autism treatment :
1 – Behavioral management therapy
2 – Cognitive behavior therapy
3 – Speech-language therapy
4 – Early intervention
5 – Educational and school-based therapies
6 – Nutritional therapy
7 – Occupational therapy
8 – Parent-mediated therapy
9 – Physical therapy
10 – Social skills training
- “April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. Every day should be World Autism Acceptance Day.”
- “No, autism is not a ‘gift’. For most, it is an endless fight against schools, workplaces, and bullies. But, under the right circumstances, given the right adjustments, it CAN be a superpower” – Greta Thunberg
- “Autism doesn’t come with an instruction guide. It comes with a family who will never give up.” – Kerry Magro
- “I’m proud to be autistic and on the rainbow spectrum! Our honesty, direct focus, intense love for our passions, and a deep sense of injustice are traits that the world needs right now.” – Dara McAnulty: Autism Advocate
- “Autism is a syndrome that emerges in the first three years of life and is defined by a pattern of qualitative abnormalities in reciprocal social interaction, communication, and repetitive interests and behaviors.”
- “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” – Dr. Seuss
- “I can remember the frustration of not being able to talk.
I knew what I wanted to say, but I could not get the words out,
so I would just scream.” – Temple Grandin
- “Autism- Travelling life’s journey using the different roadmap.”
Quotes About Autism:
- “Kids have to be exposed to different things in order to develop. A child’s not going to find out he likes to play a musical instrument if you never exposed him to it.” – Temple Grandin
- “I don’t suffer from Autism, But I do suffer from the way you treat me.” – Tylor Durden
- “Being a typical teenager isn’t easy. When you have autism, it can be extra difficult. We need more public awareness about these hurdles as well as compassion towards these young people.” – Holly Robinson Peete
“Look beyond my Autism.
See me as an individual
See my different abilities
rather than a disability.
See that I have potential.
See that I am unique.
Understand I have Feelings,
Understand I want acceptance.
Love me for who I am,
not just for who you
hope I’ll be someday.”
- “Your child is the same person before the autism diagnosis, as they are after the diagnosis.
Your actions and lifestyles may change, but your love for them never will.” – Alicia Trautwein
- “I act differently around certain people. It’s not because I’m fake.
It’s because I have a different comfort zone around certain people.”
Favorite quotes about Autism and Aspergers:
- “Autism is not a tragedy,
Ignorance is the tragedy.”
- “The best gift you can give a child with special needs is your friendship.
To include them, play with them & believe in them.”
- “Some people with autism may not be able to speak or answer to their name, but they can still hear your words and feel your kindness.”
- “Someone with Autism has taught me love needs no words.”
- “The most interesting people you’ll find are ones that don’t fit into your average cardboard box. They’ll make what they need, they’ll make their own boxes.” – Temple Grandin
- “Autism is like a rainbow. It has a bright shade & a darker shade. But every shade is important & beautiful.”
- In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice. – Charles Dickens
- “I am different. Not less.” – Temple Grandin
- “Autism doesn’t have to define a person. Artists with autism are like anyone else: They define themselves through hard work and individuality.” – Adrienne Bailon
Proud Autism Quotes:
- “I am NOT broken, just because you can’t understand me.
It doesn’t mean I am not Communicating.”
- “Autism, seeing the world from a different angle.”
- “There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what he cannot do.” – Temple Grandin
- “For autistic individuals to succeed in this world, they need to find their strengths and the people that will help them get to their hopes and dreams. In order to do so, the ability to make and keep friends is a must. Among those friends, there must be mentors to show them the way. A supportive environment where they can learn from their mistakes is what we as a society need to create for them.” – Bill Wong, Autistic Occupational Therapist
- “Autism is not a disability, it’s a different ability.”
- “Autism is about having a pure heart and being very sensitive. It is about finding a way to survive in an overwhelming, confusing world . . .It is about developing differently, at a different pace and with different leaps.” – Trisha Van Berkel
- “Autism is not a disease, don’t try to cure it, Try to understand it.”
Positive Autism Quotes:
- “A person with autism hears every sound intensely magnified. Thus, if the tone of voice is harsh or strict, they will feel scared and threatened and, consequently, may inadvertently scream or even attack. Aggressive behavior is brought on by fear.” – Joao Carlos Costa, 21, non-verbal, autistic
- “[So-called] Mild autism doesn’t mean one experiences autism mildly . . . It means YOU experience their autism mildly. You may not know how hard they’ve had to work to get to the level they are.” – Adam Walton
- “Showing kindness towards those who are different and embracing our imperfections as proof of our humanness is the remedy for fear.” – Emma Zurcher-Long
- “When a family focuses on ability instead of disability, all things are possible . . . Love and acceptance are key. We need to interact with those with autism by taking an interest in their interests.” – Amanda Rae Ross
- “The difference between high-functioning autism and low-functioning is that high-functioning means your deficits are ignored, and low-functioning means your assets are ignored.” – Laura Tisoncik
- “There is this myth that children with autism don’t have empathy. I’ve found the exact opposite to be true: children with autism are instead the most highly sensitive individuals I have ever had the privilege to know.” – Elaine Hall,