The 2014 Miami Autism Symposium provides a way by which society can learn more about autism and its effects on people diagnosed with it. It showcases recent publications and presentations grounded in actual scientific research. Through it, people become more knowledgeable about autism because there is so much more to it than what meets the eye.

The Real Deal About Autism

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According to a study entitled “Self-referenced processing, neurodevelopment, and joint attention in autism,” autism involves early impairments in a person’s capacity to rapidly process information both from within and from the external environment. They can have sensory issues and problems with both verbal and non-verbal communication. Another prominent characteristic is a reduction in a person’s tendency to spontaneously share enjoyment and interest with other people caused by a confluence of genetic and environmental factors.

How Society Should Perceive People With Autism

 

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We should not regard people with autism as weird or look upon them with pity. They are people with dreams and aspirations too although they may be different in appearance or behavior. They may have abnormal symptoms, but we can treat them normally like how we do it with other disorders. It would be best to stop the judgment and embrace their uniqueness because people diagnosed with autism possess a special set of skills. Some of them may be highly artistic and creative, while others have powerful problem-solving and calculation skills. We are here, and they need us to acknowledge and believe that they can thrive in our society despite their differences.

In a world where the privileged and the abled set aside the differences and abhor the unfamiliar, people with autism are often forced into isolation and boxed in terms of what they can and cannot do. Let’s break this cycle of discrimination and start celebrating diversity and recognizing the value of every person.