Awareness of Autism
By Ben Sidman
Promoting awareness can help people understand what autism is, how it affects people and appreciate that this is a condition that many people have. If everyone knew the symptoms, the behaviors and the way it affects others then autistic people would be treated according to who they are and how they think.
As long as there are people that don't understand autism, there are still people that stare at autistic people as if they are strange or don't understand why parents are taking care of their children in a certain way.
But awareness is not just about teaching the public about what autism is, it is also for people that don't recognise symptom behaviors in their children. It is for people that have autistic children but don't know all the facts or techniques available. It is for governments to be reminded there is a large population who have needs that should be respected. It is for schools and teachers to understand how autistic people think and feel so that they can talk to them and teach them in a way they can understand.
The more people are reminded that autism is around then we will see more things like child friendly places where autistic children are welcome, special foods that are sold on the supermarket shelves for autistic children that are on special diets or schools that have special needs teachers.
How to Promote Awareness - There are many ways to promote autism awareness in which you can help spread understanding without it seemingly as if you are preaching.
Display your support - Currently there are several products that you can buy that let you show your support. These are things like wristbands, and autism pins or ribbons.
Events - The autistic groups and societies are the best places to go to see the local events that are happening in your area.
Donate to your national society - The national autistic societies in your country are on the front line of medical research, government legislation and so on. Their role is to represent the entire population of autistic people. For this reason, donating to your national society groups goes a long way to advancing research and development and making sure the governments and all the small government organisations keep autistic people in mind.
Donate to your local support group - You can donate to your local group or your national society. Donating to your local group is a great way to give to the local autism community. It helps them with raising funds to organise forums, meetings and events. Helping these groups grow provides a local community of people that all understand what other parents and carers are going through.
Talk to people - Also, you can simply talk to people and ask them what they know and tell them what you know. The community works in a similar way to many other minority groups, the more people that are supporting the drive for awareness and recognition, the more people will take notice and accept their views.