Every April friends and family of those who know and love an individual with Autism proudly declare and invite others to spread Autism Awareness. They – myself include – “Light-it-Up-Blue”, wear blue shirts, and post startling facts about Autism that most people can’t put into perspective or don’t care to. Is this really Autism Awareness? This is a question I’ve been asking myself for quite some time.
I recently came across an article written by two young men known as the Asperger Experts. (Their link is below.) I think their juxtaposition that the aforementioned methods of spreading awareness are indeed well-intended, but rather fruitless. So where does that leave us? Do we stop wearing blue and turning on blue porch lights? Does the world stop illuminating buildings to show solidarity with those on the Spectrum? Certainly not, according to my teenager (who has Autism and loves this article I’ve written). But awareness is more than this. It’s more than the plastering of the color blue and definitely more than a random smattering of factoids at people who can’t put those facts into context. That’s a waste of effort for all of us.
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