Have you ever gone and made yourself aware of whatever thing a certain month or day is made to be an awareness day of? I haven’t. And I just realized that. How many times have I seen that a particular day or month is designated as an awareness day for something only to go, huh. Cool. And keep on going with my own life? Do awareness months or days have a real impact on whatever we’re supposed to be aware of? I don’t know. Because I’ve never looked into anything when it comes to an awareness day or month, not even my own disease.
So why am I deciding to actually become aware of Autism? Well, because of this post, which I wrote about in my last post here.
I’ve decided to make it Autism Awareness Month here on the Roof. I never saw this coming, and don’t know what it will entail, but I am going to attempt to write something about Autism every day as I educate myself. You’ve all seen how I get when I decide to write daily haha, so hopefully it will actually happen.
At first I was going to dive into Autism Spectrum Disorders because that’s the only glimpse into Autism I’ve had from Katrin’s blog. But I soon realized I needed to step back and ask myself, what is Autism? I answered, I don’t know. 😉 So off to Google I went.
I typed in “What is Autism?” and once I got passed the sponsored links of everything from books to treatments for sale, I clicked on this search result. Here is the first paragraph:
Autism is a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life. Most autistic children are perfectly normal in appearance, but spend their time engaged in puzzling and disturbing behaviors which are markedly different from those of typical children. Less severe cases may be diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) or with Asperger’s Syndrome (these children typically have normal speech, but they have many “autistic” social and behavioral problems).”
That sounds pretty straightforward, but can any of us truly understand what Autism is unless we live it? I know there’s a lot more information out there than what this little paragraph provides, and I’m sure I’ll get into that. But I just really wanted to address this first page I happened upon, because the next little bit kinda threw me:
“It used to be thought that autism is just a fate that you accept.”
That sounds ominous. A fate? This makes me realize that maybe there are severe cases of Autism that may look like a terrible fate. See, already I’m learning something, because from reading about Katrin, I’d never describe it like that.
I’ll be getting more into this, but I have to get my research organized and stuff before I really dive in. But since it’s already the third, I wanted to get this started.
I look forward to learning more about Autism, and I hope you will too, since it’s the month to become aware, and for the first time in my life, I’m actually going to do it.