Today, April 2nd is World Autism Awarness Day. I must say that while I had learned much about autism in my studies it hit home when our grandson was diagnosed just a year or so ago. His tendencies make life so much more work but makes it so much more important , hopeful and special. Just take a look at his beautiful smile as he sits with his great grandmother
- AWARENESS: We have become aware that the diagnoses of autism are on the rise.
Practicality and significance: More and more people of all ages and backgrounds are affected by this disorder, so it is more likely to touch someone you know.
- ATTENTION: Now that we have become aware, we can pay attention to the signs of autism.
Practicality and significance: Autism can only be diagnosed by observation, so it is up to everyone in the childâ€™s life to be watchful.
- ACTION: Once we are aware, we can report what we see and hear to the childâ€™s caregivers, educators, doctors, and family and friends.
Practicality and significance: The earlier a diagnosis of autism is established, the sooner treatment which involves the help of all of the significant people in the childâ€™s life can begin for the best quality of life.
- ACCEPTANCE: While treatment helps the child progress through life, autism presents challenges throughout the lifespan. We need to be sensitive to the differences that people with autism have.
Practicality and significance: Our focus is on the person, not the disability.
- ADVOCACY: When we have become fully aware, attentive, action-oriented, and accepting of the person with autism, we must advocate for them.
Practicality and significance: At the heart of autism is difficulty relating to other people in society and trouble communicating. Therefore, people with autism rely on us to be their voices and their supporters