Colours of Autism

“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt

April is World Autism Awareness Month. This time every year, we celebrate and recognise the children, young people and adults across the world on the autistic spectrum (ASD).

Autism is a spectrum condition which presents a range of conditions affecting a person’s social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. The National Autistic Society describes autism as a “lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.”

Autism Spectrum Australia have created this video to shine a light on the true colours of autism. It reminds us to be mindful of the children and adults on the spectrum, particularly when they try to process the social and sensory complexities of the world around them.

Many of the children I have worked with on the autistic spectrum simply show up each day as they try to make sense of their colourful environment, completely unaware of how unique and special they truly are. It was tough and demanding at times with no two days the same, but incredibly rewarding to share their journey and learn the real meaning of kindness, compassion and resilience; whilst providing a safe space built on acceptance and trust.

“Everyone has a mountain to climb and autism has not been my mountain, it has been my opportunity for victory.” – Rachel Barcellona

37eece1500000578-0-image-a-19_1473101262501A person with autism may see and experience life differently, but this does not define their ability succeed in life. Just ask Dan Ackroyd, Susan Boyle, Tim Burton and many others who have not allowed autism to affect their lives or place limits on their success. Many people find the courage to keep moving towards their passion, face their fears, embrace their personality traits and have used their diagnosis to enhance and strengthen their ability to achieve their dreams.

During World Autism Awareness Month, throughout the year and beyond, let’s join together to recognise, celebrate and raise awareness of all the amazing children, young people and adults who are on the autistic spectrum. As a movement, let’s keep everyone going with a determined effort to raise aspirations and ensure everyone receives the respect they deserve. Lets also ensure everyone receives the support they need especially when times get tricky, to shine the colours of autism and use their inner qualities to make a difference to this world.

Yours truly,

Miss H 🌟

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For further support and guidance please see Ambitious About Autism, Autism Spectrum Australia or Autism Speaks. These organisations are actively campaigning to raise awareness and create a brighter future.

Cover photo credit: Better Help

 

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