National Autism Awareness Day

Two Prince Bakery Theater Autism Puzzle Cookie
Photo courtesy of Persona Gift Pail
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!

10 thoughts on “National Autism Awareness Day

  1. April 2, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Such a beautiful post. It is an honor to have been part of such a wonderful project with you.

    Hugs!

  2. April 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

    So true – such a staggering statistic. Thanks for reminding us to be aware of it – love your message, be kind, be loving and be understanding.

  3. April 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Wonderful insight. My daughter {Ariana} is autistic. Cant wait to share this post

  4. April 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Love your message! <3

  5. April 2, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Beautifully written! You hit the nail on the head: Education is the key.
    xoxo
    Debra

  6. April 2, 2012 at 10:16 am

    This post is so well done! Education is truly important.

  7. April 2, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Thanks for sharing this on my FB page. Will share via Twitter 😉

    xoxo
    Tauni

  8. April 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Beautifully written! Are you selling these puzzle cookies anywhere?

  9. April 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Perfectly written, and such a wonderful reminder. Thank you so much for sharing!

  10. April 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for your sweet words and wonderful input. Sadly one day is just not enough to educate people and to fill the needs of these children and adults. We can only hope that if enough people open their hearts, we can start the wheels turning and get something done!