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 with it and their loved ones. It also seeks to increase acceptance and inclusion for people with ASD in communities worldwide.
This blog post will cover what you need to know about autism awareness day, including some fun facts.
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 covering 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 since its inception.
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 autism at different intensity levels for each individual. The different degrees of severity can make it more difficult to recognize signs of autism.
-Autistic people typically cannot understand how others 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 silence 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 that 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 young ages. This delay sometimes means more problems for the child 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 in 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.
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.
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 of life because he doesn’t feel social pressure to act like everyone else; however, it can be pretty tough for some around him.
Hannah is known for her roles in popular films such as “Blade Runner,” “Splash,” and “Kill Bill” (Romain). She was diagnosed with autism around 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 then, 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 with his wife and sister-in-law after a private plane crash off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, many people were shocked by the sudden loss of three lives, including that of someone so young and 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 public information years after his death (American Psychiatric Association). In the letter, JFK Jr. explains how difficult it can be to live on the spectrum while also expressing his hope to be a positive role model for others like him.
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.