World Autism Awareness Week 2017 (27th March to 2nd April) is fast approaching. It is the time of the year when we could celebrate and participate in raising autism awareness and understanding among families, relatives, friends and the public as a whole. We can do our share by participating in any events and charities all over the world. It could be in the form of a baked sale, doing a fun run, night walks, selling autism awareness T-shirts, and fancy accessories.
If you are a teacher or a person who works in schools, you could raise autism awareness and understanding by teaching the children about Autism and how they could help a person with autism. You could use this useful resource to help you. You could also have a non-uniform day and wear anything with blue or perhaps wear a onesie. This would be a fun and exciting day for the children to participate in.
This year I decided to participate in raising autism awareness by conducting a seminar-workshop about Understanding Autism to parents of autistic children in the school of my daughter. I also volunteered to do an hour of one to one guided-reading with two ASD children in the school of my son. It was an amazing and worthwhile experience!
If you are affected with autism, don’t be afraid to stand up and be heard. You have to tell the world what a wonderful person you are. That the world should accept you as who you are and not as a person with a disability. Each and every one of us is unique which has the same meaning as different. Being different should not be a disadvantage but an advantage for you to tell the whole world that you are a person endowed with a special gift or talent. A special gift that if given the chance to improve and practice your innate skill might contribute in today’s society.
Who knows you might change this world for the better!
If you are a parent of an autistic child, you can do your share by showing your support and love that you give to your child. Take your child to a family day out by going to parks, museums, cinema, watching autism-friendly theatre plays, going to theme parks and buying something that your child will love. These are ways of celebrating and raising awareness that autism needs love and support.
If you are a relative or a friend of a person affected with autism, you can help raise awareness by the love and support that you will give to him and his family. You need to give your share by standing up for autism this World Autism Awareness Week 2017.
If you live in the UK, you can support the campaign by NAS to get everyone to understand Autism by clicking here.
Watch the film below and experience yourself on how a person with autism behaves for having too much sensory overload. It would be good to understand how hard it is for them to hear too many noises all at once. We should understand how they feel by putting our world into their world.
I sincerely hope this article has helped you in some way. Let me also hear from you by sharing your experience with raising autism awareness and understanding this World Autism Awareness Week 2017.