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World Autism Awareness Day: 5 things you should know

April second, 2021, is World Autism Day. Autism Awareness day has been observed on April second every year since 2007. This autism awareness campaign was started by the autism society of America and is now celebrated in over 60 countries annually. The goal of autism awareness day is to raise public understanding about autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and its effects on those who have it and their loved ones. It also seeks to increase acceptance and inclusion for people with ASD in communities around the world.

This blog post will cover what you need to know about autism awareness day, including some fun facts!

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What is Autism

Asperger syndrome (AS) is considered part of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD), typically characterized by difficulties with social interactions, stereotypes, or repetitive behaviors, among other symptoms. It affects about 0.7% to 1% of the population. High functioning autism (HFA) is a term used to describe symptoms similar to those with AS but without some of the language and cognitive issues typically apparent in classic autism. Rather than having communication problems, people with HFA usually have difficulty interacting socially.

– autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a broad term that can cover mild to severe symptoms.

– autism awareness day has been observed on April second every year since 2007.

– the autism society of America and is now observed in over 60 countries annually.

– this autism awareness campaign was started by the autism society of America and has been carried out ever since its inception.

What Happens on Autism Awareness day

In April of 2017, a walk was hosted by Autism Speaks. They provided a unique experience for my whole family. By walking in this event, people were able to show their support and solidarity with those affected by autism. This made it so they could enjoy the day with us while feeling comfortable. Autism Speaks can help arrange for support professionals to assist my son at the event for photo opportunities.

This story has shaped how I think about autism awareness day. I believe that it’s essential to be aware of autism and the condition it is associated with. For me, this awareness helps me be more understanding and accepting of others and their differences. Autism Speaks does some fantastic things.

They have donated money to research for the cause of autism, provided various programs and resources directed towards children affected by autism, and promoted family support initiatives. They are a very credible organization that deserves recognition for all of their hard work.

I firmly believe that awareness has changed in the last few years for the better. I’m hearing people talk about it more openly and know of many celebrities who have become supporters of the condition, such as Jack Black, a fantastic advocate for his son – Max, who happens to have autism himself. I think we will be seeing a lot more autism awareness in the coming years, and I’m glad it is becoming more understood or talked about in a more open and accepting environment.

Facts About Autism

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates and understands emotions and social interaction. It is associated with differences in brain structure and function. An autistic person will show signs of autism at different levels of intensity for each individual. The different degrees of severity can make it more difficult to recognize signs of autism.

-Autistic people typically show an inability to understand how other people think, feel, or want to act.

-Some autistic people have great difficulty linking what they see with what they hear, so conversations become confusing.

Autism is considered a disability that affects all aspects of life: family, home, school, and work.-Autistic children also have difficulties with change and may resist it by screaming, crying, or withdrawing. Children and adults with autism also experience social interaction, communication, sensory awareness, and imagination problems.

-However, many autistic people have average or above-average intelligence levels.

-The symptoms of autism are the following: lack of eye contact; preferred use of silences rather than communicating by talking; preference for sticking to routines rather than adapting to change; difficulty understanding other people’s feelings; difficulty understanding points in time.

-One theory about what causes autism is an underconnectivity in brain function due to abnormal development of neuronal pathways during early brain development. People with this hypothesis often point out that autistic people process information differently from non-autistic people.

-Another theory is that autism is a complex disorder, which arises from causes, including genetics and environmental triggers.

-A third hypothesis suggests that autism is an umbrella term covering several distinct illnesses with similar symptoms rather than one condition.

-An autism diagnosis can be made before two or three through observation during play activities. However, many autistic children do not receive a proper diagnosis until they are older because autism is not always apparent at such young ages. This delay sometimes means more problems for the child later on if they do not get help as soon as possible.

-Autism has been recognized as a condition since the early 1800s. However, it was not until the 1940s that autism became widely known in the U.S.

-Autistic people have long been exposed to prejudice and stigma. This is especially true for autistic children who are regarded as “strange” or even “deviant

Famous People with Autism

Steven Spielberg, John Higham, and Jackie Robinson are a few examples of famous people with autism. These people have done great things for the past century and will continue to do so in this new age. Higham is responsible for discovering how certain antibiotics work, and Spielberg has created some of the greatest films in history.

While it is more common for those on the autistic spectrum to not be diagnosed until later in life, individuals such as Dan Aykroyd and Daryl Hannah could be considered self-diagnosed since their information was reported by themselves or someone close to them first before being officially recognized through formal diagnosis by a doctor.

Jackie Robinson

He was one of the first African-American Major League Baseball players in America. He significantly impacted sports culture by breaking many racial and cultural barriers across all professional sports.

Dan Aykroyd

His claim of being on the autistic spectrum was made public when he appeared on ABC News’ “20/20.” He said, “I’m a little autistic or something. The group dynamics don’t always sit right with me” (Romain). Aykroyd has also stated that he thinks he’s on the spectrum because of his lack of interest in going out to parties and nightclubs and only being interested in “A quiet night at home with friends playing Scrabble, chess, backgammon, watching movies…autism is just this thing I have”.

Aykroyd was diagnosed by Harvey Robins, who eventually wrote the book “The Night I Met El Chapo: Madness and Mayhem in the World of a T.V. Personality.” Robins is known for his work with many celebrities, including those on the autism spectrum, such as Daryl Hannah and Andy Kaufman. He takes it as a positive view on life because he doesn’t feel social pressure to act like everyone else; however, it can be pretty tough for some around him.

Daryl Hannah

Hannah is known for her roles in popular films such as “Blade Runner,” “Splash,” and “Kill Bill” (Romain). She was diagnosed with autism around the age of 30 when her parents took her to see a doctor specializing in autism because they were concerned about how much she had changed over time. Hannah was usually not outgoing or social growing up; instead, she would spend most of her time with animals or learning new things about science. Since she knew little about Hollywood rumors at the time, she remembers finding it highly amusing when people thought that she and John Lennon were romantically involved.

John F. Kennedy Jr.

When John F. Kennedy, Jr. died along with his wife and sister-in-law after the crash of a private plane off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, many people were shocked by the sudden loss of three lives, including that of someone so young publicly well known at the time. JFK Jr.’s autism diagnosis has been shared widely since a letter he wrote to American politician Mike McCurry in 1995 was made public information years after his death (American Psychiatric Association). In the letter, JFK Jr. explains how difficult it can be to live life on the spectrum while also expressing his hope to be a positive role model for others like him.

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Conclusion

While there may not be a lot of information out there about the diagnosis of these celebrities, it’s good to know that they are using their fame as an opportunity to share their stories and help bring mental health awareness and education to those who may otherwise not have known about autism spectrum disorders or didn’t understand the challenges faced by people with these conditions. Each one is helping to break stereotypes and stigmas about autism. Each one is taking what life has given them to inspire others struggling with the same or similar condition.

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