This post was originally published WillowHope at http://www.willowhope.com/blogs/willowhope/7788283-willowhope-celebrates-1000-ausome-things-autismpositivity2013, and is reprinted here with permission from the author.
We’re on the last day of Autism Awareness Month. I love that there is a whole month where everyone is supposed to spread awareness, but it should go beyond April. It should just be something that we all do, all the time. Autism needs to be something that everyone is very aware of, rather than just thinking they know all about it because they’ve seen Rain Man. For those of us on the spectrum, and for those who know us, we do try to raise awareness all the time – whether it’s at the schools our children go to, or through things we do to reach out to a wider audience, through blogs and videos, and by supporting people on forums and at groups.
I’ve been making videos for about 4 years now – I didn’t start doing it in April and I don’t do it more in April, but my videos will be there for those that hear about Autism in April and decide to give it a Google. The only thing I really did this April was design an Autism ribbon and put it in my page background, or logo, or headers on each of my sites. I’ve been meaning to make a video or something, especially for April’s Autism Awareness, but, life kind of got in the way a bit. I did write a piece on what it feels like to have Aspergers, which I think I did in April?
I just wish that people understood that there are so many positives that come with Autism/Aspergers. I want people to not react badly when you tell them you have it – or ideally, for them to just understand it fully and be pleased – like an employer should be when you tell them, because they should realise that it means that you will do your job well and without breaking focus to chit chat away to the rest of the staff; like a friend should because they understand that whilst we struggle socially, we are very caring people and we wouldn’t lie or hurt them; like a parent should because the know that we will be so strong because of the struggles we will face, and that we will never stop fighting for what we want, so that we can prove the bullies wrong, and like a teacher should because, if they give us the chance, we will excel in our favourite subjects and we won’t disrupt their class because we wanted to talk to our peers.
I don’t know how to tell the world these things, but by doing videos weekly and blogging on here and by creating Asperclick, which has become a big, happy family; a haven, for like-minded people, I hope I have gone some way to raising a little bit of awareness, but also that I am helping those who need it most, because the world doesn’t understand us yet.