Are You Autism Aware?
As World Autism Day is here,
we would like to highlight how YOU can be autism aware.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact. 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum. There are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK alone.
Are you Autism aware?
Be flexible. Everybody is different and have their own way of doing something.
What works for one person may not work for another. Keep an open mind and prepare to change your how you do something.
Be clear. Use clear and simple speech. Say what you mean but do not exaggerate, use sarcasm or metaphors.
Be sensitive. Avoid sensory overload. Loud noises, flashes of light, sudden visuals and oral stimuli. Ask yourself, is it too loud? Are the lights too bright?
Use visuals. Most individuals with Autism find it easier to understand some things through visual clues and images.
Find a safe space. When an individual with Autism is feeling overwhelmed or anxious, they often find comfort in a quiet, stress free environment to escape.
There are many resources you can access to educate yourself on Autism for example: Podcasts, social media, charities, books etc. It is important to be aware of disabilities such as Autism so that we are capable of attending to each and every persons needs to ensure fair opportunities.
- The Autism Podcast (Spotify)
- Lets Talk Autism (Spotify)
- The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Christopher John Francis Boone