The 2015 Little Rock Autism Foundation Events was a series of occasions that the organization created in the said year to promote autism awareness in Arkansas. It is all-inclusive, in the sense that every activity caters to both autistic and non-autistic folks. There are also forums in which psychologists, psychiatrists, parents of disabled individuals, and other supporters can discuss the best ways to help both kids and adults with autism live normally.
Nevertheless, from what we have seen in such events, there are several realities that everyone should accept.
1. Autistic People Can Be Quirky, But That’s Okay
The first thing to realize is that the brain function of folks within the autism spectrum is different from that of regular individuals. Because of that, you can expect some characteristics from the former that you may rarely or never see from the latter. Instead of looking down on them, though, we all need to broaden our minds and hearts since it’s a fate that they didn’t bring upon themselves.
2. Their Senses Tend To Be Oversensitive
It is also vital to remember that autistic people are prone to suffering from sensory overload. That typically happens when a disabled person experiences prolonged exposure to noises, changing lights, or even hugs from friends or family members. They tend to panic due to oversensitivity to such things and have a meltdown; that’s why we should be cautious about doing activities that might overpower their senses.
3. They Need Compassion More Than Pity
Every person with autism deserves compassion more than pity. You see, although they may not be able to keep up with folks their age, they are undoubtedly loved by the people around them. However, when the symptoms of the condition are active, anyone who’s present should try to help them calm down instead of shaking their head and leaving the scene hastily.
Autistic people may have more needs than non-disabled individuals, but it does not entail that all of them have a disability. The spectrum covers a broad range of syndromes, and some of these disorders still enable folks to live and work like the rest of us. Nonetheless, it matters to understand everyone so that they feel a sense of belonging wherever they go.