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World Autism Day 2020

Posted by: Josh Blakley on 02-04-2020

World Autism Day 2020

World Autism Day is the 2nd of April.  World Autism Awareness Week is from the 30th of March to the 5th of April. Autism Month is April. However, autism doesn’t just exist for that time.  Every day is Autism day, every week, every month.

Since its identification in 1943, autism has been explored and, through countless studies and research, become widely documented.  The spectrum of the autism “disorder” is wide reaching and varied.  It is said that if you have met one person with autism, you have met one person with autism; the aspects of autism vary from person and from day to day.  Although one can talk about the triad of impairments, the degree to which they impinge on a person will also vary.

It is all about difference.  Some people see the world differently and interact with it differently, and that’s alright.

Everyone has their differences and that is what makes the world a better place.  Those who think differently come up with magnificent inventions, discoveries, art, drama, writing and somuch more.     

So what can we do, to raise awareness about autism and be mindful of people with autism?

The National Autistic Society have put together some resources aimed at Secondary school students, to help them become more aware of how people with autism may struggle and how they can help. 

Talia Grant is the first openly autistic actor and currently works on Hollyoaks.  In the video below, she explains what it is like to be autistic and at school:

https://youtu.be/7cNeuWjYM6I

The video below is a snapshot of how sensory overload can be completely overwhelming; think about how you would feel in this stressful situation:

https://youtu.be/Yu_GRt7h3F4

There are many people on the autistic spectrum in the public eye – how many of these people do you know about?

 

 

It is also reported that Steve Jobs and Bill Gates are on the spectrum, as well as actors Paddy Consindine and Anthony Hopkins.

 

There are many films, TV programmes and books about autism – some are very accurate in their portrayal of autism and its barriers to learning and socialising, so why not check some of them out, whilst you are practising Social Distance?

 

 

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