“Autism … offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by,”~ Dr. Colin Zimbleman, Ph.D.
This is not a condition that we can run from nor are there cures right around the corner, but we can learn through the eyes of those who deal with it every day. Many amazing people have grown up facing the prejudice of the world because they were different, but didn’t let it dampen nor demean who they were. Autism Awareness Month helps us learn that while they face certain challenges, those who face the world are people just like you and me.
History of Autism Awareness Month
The Society for Autism founded in 1965 by Dr. Rimland, to promote research and help as well as guidance for those who lived with this condition, and to support those living with the people who face the world with Autism gain a better understanding of what was going on with their loved ones. The Society for Autism went to bat for Autism sufferers by helping to establish legislation in Section 504 of the disabilities act to recognize and protect them.
Their campaigns started in the early 1970’s and are still going today; Autism Awareness Month was established to promote a better understanding between those with Autism and be a part of the world they live in, not stand outside looking in. The face of Autism isn’t set in stone, and there are multiple ways it can manifest. Every person who lives their life with this condition faces different challenges depending on where they lay on the Autistic Spectrum, and which facets of the condition the experience most severely.
How to celebrate Autism Awareness Month
Go out to a seminar or conference to gain a better understanding of how to recognize and support those with the illness is a great way to start. You can also take some time out of your life to run or walk a marathon to support the Research. You can start by buying a ribbon to help fund research into this condition, and to help the world understand the lives of those that live with this condition.
Support for those with this condition can begin with donations and wear the jigsaw ribbons, to attending conferences, sending letters to your congressmen and watching seminars. If you know someone with Autism or are an Autism sufferer yourself, there’s a month set aside to help the world better understand you, and for you to celebrate your successes living life with Autism.