Many affected individuals and their families must manage their lives in surroundings that lack awareness about autism and other conditions that warrant special needs services. If you are reading this and if you truly care for the people who are differently abled, you must step forward to create awareness about the issues facing the autism community today.
A shift in perspective
How do we face the future without first facing the issues? Are you facing the most critical issues to make sure someone with autism you love gets a future they deserve? Tell us your concerns and plans for the future and you may just get a helping hand.
Alan has autism. He is not always well treated by his peers in school. Alan’s parents blame it on others in the school and in their neighborhood, while those “others” ridicule Alan simply because he does not follow their rules of accepted behavior. This situation is getting worse for both parties and without awareness, it is nearly impossible for Alan to be accepted, understood, and loved for who he is. This is where the society, or at least those around an individual with autism, needs a perspectival shift.
What is autism?
Autism, also referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a group of complex neurodevelopmental conditions characterized by mild to severe communication difficulties and impaired social skills. Autism is a spectrum disorder, meaning that it affects different people in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live with a certain level of independence while others may need continual specialist support. However, no individual with autism ever grows out of it. It means that autism has no cure; a child with autism grows up to become an adult with autism. But with early diagnosis and personalized intervention, it can be treated to an extent that the individual starts living a life of relative independence and intellectual pursuits.
What are the symptoms of autism?
Although symptoms vary a great deal from one individual to another, a handful of common patterns emerge in nearly all cases. They are:
1) Delay in language development
2) Repetitive behavior
3) Fixation on routines
4) Emotional ineptness
5) Lack of eye contact