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World Autism Awareness Day

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World Autism Awareness Day
Autism Awareness Day

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  • I would like to just say that the Autism Community doesnt actually accept the puzzle piece as a way to represent ourselves.

    We use an infinity symbol most of the time, as we are not a puzzle to be solved but a group of people with infinite ways of existing.

    Ari on

  • As one who is proud of being asexual and having high functioning autism, I’m overjoyed to see that the LGBTQ+ community is learning about this highly misunderstood developmental disorder. What makes autism so misunderstood is that much of time when one thinks about autism, they tend to think several different things; it’s exclusively experienced by boys, it’s only portrayed as experiencing severe symptoms, it’s symptoms are external, and it prevents these people from succeeding in life. The truth is that these statements are far from the truth. Autism can affect anyone, including girls, transgender individuals, nonbinary individuals, ANYONE. Symptoms of autism are not just external, they are also internal, especially with girls, which leads girls to be underdiagnosed. Autism DOES NOT always stands in the way from one succeeding in life. At age 4, I would not communicate with peers similar to my age, I would throw multiple tamper tantrums, and experience very self destructive behaviors. Flash forward to 21 years old, I have graduated high school, currently attending Mercyhurst University making the Dean’s List, worked 3 different jobs (going on 4), and attending every campus event on weekends WITH friends I’ve made ON MY OWN, and being an inspiration for my family, friends, my family’s friends, along with many others. Finally, AUTISM IS A SPECTRUM DISORDER. Not everyone is going to experience autism the same way. High functioning people such as myself may experience minimal social difficulties or abnormalities while doing exceptionally good in school. Low functioning people like one guy I know will experience rather high social difficulties and abnormalities and may not even function in a school setting. So even one who is achieving things like a neurotypical person would can have some internal struggles. One last thing I want to cover is resilience (overcoming autism). I understand that everyone’s experience is going to be different, but I’ll share my own. As I have mentioned, I have dealt with countless difficulties and hardships in life as a young girl due to my autism. If I haven’t received the YEARS worth of treatment from all of my TSS (therapeutic support staff) along with the never-dying support from my family, I would most likely continue to experience the same symptoms as I did 17 years ago. The stories I’ve read about how people overcome autism are truly inspiring, and I hope this one is one of many that will inspire you to learn more about autism spectrum disorder. Thank you.

    Kacy Slivinski on

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