Autism Awareness


Autism Awareness month is coming up! Picture from Unsplash.

R. Pragada, Staff Writer

April is formally known as Autism Awareness month. To help support and understand it, first, most people would like to know what Autism is. Autism, also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors and speech, and nonverbal communication. Most autism is influenced by environmental and genetic factors. 

Each person with autism is different; they will have a different set of strengths and challenges. For example, some people with autism learn, think, and problem-solve differently than what you will see every day.  Some people with autism require a lot of support in their daily life. On the other hand, people with autism can live entirely independently. 

Many children and adults on the autism spectrum may want to interact with others, but don’t know how to start the process. They may not know how to engage with friends and may also be overwhelmed by the idea of new experiences. Social skills need to be developed through their years. With practice, participation in social activities will become a staple in their lives. This brings happiness and friendships into their lives. 

There are already so many things out there that have been created to help people with autism live a steady life. For example, technology. Technology is an easy way to communicate and can be used to practice verbal and social skills. It can create visual schedules which makes it easier for the student or adult with autism. Not only can they help with all this, but they can also act as a motivational friend and vocational assistants. 

To be specific, April 2 is known as World Autism Awareness Day. This day is recognized to raise awareness about Autism. We want to raise awareness so we can help them live their life to the fullest. Often, you will see the autism awareness logo, the puzzle pieces. On April 2 and through the month of April, support worldwide autism. 

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