Two Prince Bakery Theater Autism Puzzle Cookie
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Today is National Autism Awareness Day. So with that in mind, let’s shed a little light, shall we?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released its latest report that estimates 1 in 88 U.S. Children has autism. Is anyone else not outraged by these numbers? Statistically speaking your life will be touched in one way or another by someone with autism.
If I can leave you with one message today when we try to raise awareness not only for autism but also for how to treat those with autism it is this. Always assume competence not incompetence. We are more alike than different! This was “spoken” to us by an autistic man at a movie screening using his communication enhancement computer device. That man until being able to communicate using this device was considered severely autistic and non communicative, when in reality he is a brilliant man full of things to say, most of them very clever and even witty. No matter how unusual their outwardly behaviors may appear, the person inside is like you and me, their body just betrays them and does not allow them to convey that. Sometimes assuming competence when interacting with a person with autism does not come naturally to many people, but today is all about being educated and now you know better. The rest is up to you!
That person that you might consider “weird” is very likely an extremely courageous person who happens to be autistic. They have to work extremely hard to accomplish many things that we take for granted on a daily basis. Their brain does not process information taken in from their senses correctly and the world can be a very scary and confusing place for them. I leave you with this thought. Please Be Kind, Be Loving and Be Understanding, good way to live your live in general!