APRIL IS AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH
Some of you may already know that I come from a stacked background in social services, especially as it pertains to disabilities. (Read more in the “About QueenTheProphet top of Blog).
Since April is Autism awareness month, for the entire month of April, I will do weekly posts surrounding educational information on Autism and other Pervasive Development Disorders (PDD) that are classified as Autism & other spectrum disorders.
WHAT IS AUTISM?
Autism is a life-long disability that prevents individuals from properly understanding what they see, hear, or otherwise sense (think 5 senses).
WANT TO UNDERSTAND AUTISM BETTER? TRY THIS EXERCISE:
For the next 5 minuets…. write down everything you hear. EVERYTHING. (Lights buzzing, heat blowing, cars, alarms, talking traffic, etc.)
Look at this list. This is how many individuals with Autism hear. They hear EVERYTHING at once. Pretend you’re a parent trying to get a child with Autism to clean their room with the TV on. They’re not ignoring you…. often they’re hearing EVERYTHING at once. Now apply this same exsample to the other senses.
PEOPLE 1st LANGUAGE:
When speaking about a person with any disability, make sure you are using People 1st Language. ALWAYS put the person BEFORE the disability. They are a person first, not a disability. Using People 1st Language takes practice, but it’s very easy to get the hang of.
Jimmy (person) has Autism (disability) .
Individuals (person) with disabilities (disability).
My son (person) has Autism (disability).
If you have a story, poem, or anything related to AUTISM that you would like to see blogged on queentheprophet.com , email firstname.lastname@example.org put “Autism” in the subject line.