Autism Awareness Month

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Mya Folden, Reporter

The month of October is Autism Awareness Month. This month is designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism. #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life. Autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.

 

“Autism Awareness Month means we get to support people through different programs and get the word out that each person with autism is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life,” said junior Allison Sims.

 

During Autism Awareness Month, programs campaign by completing an act of kindness virtually or in your home and take the online pledge. Share on social media with the “I Pledged” badge and nominate three others to do the same, joining a challenge to spread kindness far and wide. Donate or start a Facebook Fundraiser to benefit Autism Speaks.

 

“We all try to include everyone in our activities and make sure no one feels left out, everyone has something that makes them a little unique and having autism is no different,” said Allison.

 

Autism Awareness is represented by the color blue and multicolor puzzle pieces.  Blue is the color associated with Autism Speaks as an organization, but it also means more the people on the autism spectrum. It can symbolize a feeling of calm and acceptance in a world that can be very loud and challenging sometimes.

 

“I wear blue to show my support,” said Allison.

 

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability in the world. Making them feel special is really important, which is why we have this month to campaign for autism awareness and let them know that they aren’t alone and they are all loved the same as everyone else. Raising awareness helps people understand and not be frightened by the disability.