Why know about Autism!

Why know about Autism!

I knew nothing about Autism till it entered my life so you too might ask ‘why at all know about Autism’ and here’s my two cents

To Neurotypical (so called “Normal”) Families

When we are always so eager to upgrade our phones then why not our knowledge and mindset!

Stay better informed. Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. It affects about 1 out of every 58 children. So see it as an opportunity to learn about diversity, collaboration, inclusion and friendships. Raising awareness would help us understand and not be frightened by the disability. It would also help in minimizing possible associated social stigma. And all this would result in less judgment, more support, acceptance, accommodations and it might ease the pain of affected families. You don’t have to love someone or even know them, to respect them and treat them with dignity. It’s about practicing compassion. Learn about them, accept them & hold your circles accountable.

While a big change is needed, change starts at home — with each and every one of us. We could be the catalysts to this change, I know we can, I just hope we will.

 

To Neurodiverse or ASD Families

Knowledge empowers. Not only it increases our own understanding about Autism but helps us to better understand our child’s reactions.  Additionally, it can serve as an early warning for children without any diagnosis that there may be a problem in their development. The sooner you find out, the better because of the benefits of early intervention programs.

All too often, we hear of cases where individuals and families living with autism experienced misunderstandings or faced judgmental attitudes based on misinformed stereotypes. A more informed community will certainly be more tolerant. Better understanding of autism would improve every part of the affected lives like lowering incidents of bullying at school, improving employment prospects etc.

Having a child with autism necessitates finding out as much as possible about all aspects of the condition, treatments, and services that are available in order to ensure that you are getting the most appropriate ones for your child’s needs.  Having knowledge also helps parents to converse on a more equal footing with professionals and service providers. It enables to recognize the different abilities and strengths that neurodiverse individuals possess.

There are many ways to look at Autism, so discovering new outlooks and theories may help us see Autism in a new light and build a community that celebrates differences.



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