With so many people having some form of autism in this world, (and the number keeps growing), the general population needs to learn more about autism.
People need to know the many ways autism manifests itself, and how to respond to and assist people on the autism spectrum.
They need to know that autism is a spectrum disorder and not all people who have autism are alike.
Just a Few Autism Facts
- 1 in 68 children have now been identified as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic, and socioeonomic groups.
- Autism is 5 times more common among boys. 1 in 42 boys have some form of autism! That’s more than half of the male population!
- 1 in 6 children had some type of developmental disability including autism between 2006 and 2008
(Statistical information retrieved from: Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
What a wonderful world it would be if the general public could truly accept and include our loved ones with autism.
Individuals with autism need empathy and understanding from the world.
They need teachers, therapists, employers, and co-workers who will support them and willingly provide the necessary accommodations and assistance to ensure their continuing success so that people with autism can live productive, happy, and satisfying lives!
How can we support individuals with Autism?
- Accept that they may not make eye contact.
- Acknowledge and accept that there may be a delay in their responses to directives or questions.
- Be aware that individuals with autism may not understand social cues, tone of voice, facial expressions, or joking around.
- Understand that people with autism may not be capable of understanding another’s point of view.
- Be aware of the strange way of talking that some autistic individuals have: such as high pitched voices and talking very fast or very slow.
- Be aware of possible meltdown triggers and know how to de-escalate a meltdown.
- Realize that many people with autism are extremely intelligent (even if they can’t talk) and are capable of earning college degrees and holding down jobs.
- Employers should appreciate the honesty, reliability, and fondness of rules, routine and repetition that most people with autism possess.
- Employers should also appreciate the attention to detail, extraordinary memory, and strong logic and analytical skills that many autistics will bring to the workplace.
- Be aware that individuals with autism may have difficulty with communication. Always speak slowly and clearly and say precisely what you mean. Keep sentences short, simple, and to the point.
- Appreciate and celebrate the unique minds and brilliant contributions that people with autism have to offer the world!
For more information about autism awareness please visit A Lesson in Autism Awareness
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