Saturday, April 02, 2011

Autism Understanding and AcceptanceOpen Letter to the World

Autism Understanding and AcceptanceOpen Letter to the World

We (The Autism Community) need for you to know what Autism is.

We can only achieve that through Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

Awareness of autism has risen dramatically in the past few years, and awareness is certainly a good place to start. Increased awareness has helped parents get earlier diagnoses for their children, and it has helped secure funding for research. However, it hasn’t done much to change public perception of what autism really is.

This is a call out to the world to understand the people and the disorder.

This is a call out to the world to accept the people and the disorder.

You can not understand or accept the people until you understand and accept the Autism they have.

Autism is a part of who they are.

The media has focused almost entirely on children with autism – but children grow up. In a society where one in 110 children is diagnosed with autism (the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control), no one can afford to ignore the significance of this disability. People with autism are children, teenagers, adults, men, women, scientists, programmers, engineers, unemployed, in care homes … too many of them continue to be bullied, to be judged, or to just be ignored.

Each person is unique. Each person has their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses just like you or I.

The charities, the organizations, the groups, the parents, the people with Autism themselves... we ask you... no, we need you to know what Autism really is.

Today, we ask for your Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

This is what Autism is to me...
Autism was a horrible label that made me lose faith in my child.  Now, autism is a group of wonderful, brilliant people whose hearts go out to those who are having a bit of a tough time in life, like they are. Autism is a right-brained way of looking at the world, where thoughts/perceptions preceed language, and where over-bearing sensory stimulation, lack of understanding,  and emotional liability can make finding one's way a constant battle. Autism is also a way of being that sensitizes one to the world so profoundly that it can feel unbearable to live. Autism is a way of being very, very human, even if you feel like an anthropologist from Mars.
The greatest gift autism gives a person is empathy.  Figure that one out!  You will never believe it, unless you look at things differently!!! 

1 comment:

r.b. said...

find original letter on facebook by clicking on the title.

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