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Autism Awareness vs Autism Acceptance
April 25, 2017
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Autism awareness is knowing and understanding the characteristics and behavior associated with an individual diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autistic people may;
- not understand what you say
- appear deaf
- be unable to speak or speak with difficulty
- engage in repetitive behaviors
- act upset for no apparent reason
- appear anxious or nervous
- dart away from you unexpectedly
- engage in self-stimulating behaviors (i.e. hand flapping or rocking)
Too often, awareness focuses on the deficits autistic people have when measured against the “normal” yardstick.
Acceptance, on the other hand, is ACTION. According to an article titled, “Autism Action Month. DO Something!” by Jennifer Roberts Bittner, “ACCEPT. APPRECIATE. ACCOMMODATE. ADVOCATE. Take ACTION.”
- ACCEPT those who are different.
- APPRECIATE their uniqueness.
- People with Autism have to work hard to navigate in the neuro-typical world. That is why it is so important for others to be willing to ACCOMMODATE them.
- ADVOCATE if you see unkindness or discrimination then speak up and fight it.
Awareness is a one-time thing. Moving from awareness to acceptance is a process and takes action, patience and a listening ear.
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