Awareness and Advocacy
April 2: World Autism Awareness Day
Awareness of Autism in India
Autism Awareness & Advocacy
According to the World Health Organization, one in 160 children globally have an autism spectrum disorder, and disproportionately high numbers of adults are unemployed. Action for Autism estimates that approx 18 million Indians are on the autistic spectrum.There is need to raise awareness about people with Autism throughout the world raising the acceptance for those living with autism.
Societal and cultural aspects of autism or sociology of autism come into play with recognition of autism, approaches to its support services and therapies, and how autism affects the definition of personhood. The autistic community is divided primarily into two camps; the neurodiversity movement and the Pathology paradigm. The pathology paradigm advocates for supporting research into therapies, treatments, and/or a cure to help minimize or remove autistic traits, seeing treatment as vital to help individuals with autism, while the neurodiversity movement believes autism should be seen as a different way of being and advocates against treatments, therapies or a cure, seeing it as trying to exterminate autistic people and their individuality.
There is need to raise awareness about people with Autism throughout the world . There are a huge number of events designed to raise awareness and money to support organizations and individuals with ASD, and to provide education about ASD and the latest research on ASD.
Another critical element of education and awareness involves advocacy. For example, Autism Speaks engages in advocacy efforts to increase research funding, financial tools, and improved healthcare and supports for individuals with ASD .
A recent study has revealed that a clinician-driven virtual learning platform, tailored to young adults on the autism spectrum, shows improved social competency. The University of Texas research showed that the increase in the socio-emotional and socio-cognitive abilities correlated with brain change. The results included increased activation in the brain's socio-cognition hub with gains linked to improvement on an empathy measure
The most well known recent International events are the World autism Awarness Day, Autism month , Autism Sunday ,Autism Speaks Walks held throughout the nation. Other events include national Autism Speaks events, ABAI conferences (including an annual autism conference), ABAI state-chapter conferences, and the Autism Society national conference.
World Autism Awareness Day
Autistic Pride Day
Autistic Pride Day
Inspiring quotes from people with autism
There are many autism-related events and celebrations; including World Autism Awareness Day, Autism Sunday and Autistic Pride Day, and notable people have spoken about being autistic or are thought to be or have been autistic. Autism is diagnosed more frequently in males than in females
World Autism Awareness Day
The goal is Autism Acceptance
Autism Sunday was first held in 2002 during Autism Awareness Year in the United Kingdom. The first service for autism was held in February 2002 at St Paul's Cathedral in London. Former Education Ministers, peers from the House of Lords, celebrities, writers, broadcasters, and the media joined children and people at St Paul's Cathedral to pray for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, as well as their parents and caregivers. The organizers have urged parents, carers and the worldwide Autism Community to use Autism Sunday as a platform to lobby and campaign on the issues .Campaigners around the world organized an Autism Sunday Twitter Storm to mark Autism Sunday 2011 - to celebrate the lives of all people with autism. In 2022, a commemorative event has been planned in India
Autism acceptance month, acceptance is an action
Every April Autism Speaks celebrates World Autism Month, In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). World Autism Month recognizes the need for supporting, understanding, accepting, including, and empowering of people on the autism spectrum.
Autistic Pride Day
Autistic Pride Day is a pride celebration for autistic people held on June 18 each year. Autistic pride recognises the importance of pride for autistic people and its role in bringing about positive changes in the broader society. With the recent increases in autism recognition and new approaches to educating and socializing autistics, an autistic culture has begun to develop.
The Autism Rights Movement
The autism rights movement, The rainbow-colored infinity symbol is a popular symbol among autistic people and autism rights advocate, symbollising a broad and varied spectrum of experiences. Autism rights advocates believe that the autism spectrum should be accepted as a natural expression of the human genome, and accommodated like any other condition the social model of disability.
Rainbow infinity symbol – it is the preferred symbol of autistic people as it represents the beauty and diversity of their community, use this instead of the puzzle piece.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!
Links on Advocacy
“This Is Not About Me,” a documentary featuring Jordyn Zimmerman. The film shows the difficulties endured by non-speaking people with autism when they aren’t given appropriate communication options. AssistiveWare is a proud supporting partner of the film. CommunicationFIRST, Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism have partnered to release .Watch the This is Not About Me trailer, and rent the film, at thisisnotaboutme.film.
This Is Not About Me tells the story of Jordyn Zimmerman. Jordyn dreamt of becoming a teacher. She started out eager to learn at school, but she was soon separated from the other children. Unable to communicate, teachers thought she was also unable to understand or learn. Year after year, her behavior worsened. She was restrained and placed in seclusion. Jordyn found herself caught in a system that unintentionally turned her life into a living nightmare. Finally, at the age of 18, with the help of educators who see her differently, she manages to turn her fate and flourish.
Voice of SAP
Voice of SAP is an Actionable Advocacy mobile App for Empowering Specially Abled People i.e. Persons with Disabilities. It allows for crowd sourced data on accessibility, pledges of their leaders and community members, solutions, issues news on disability etc. Volunteers can upload building accessibility information which is then available in the mobile app on Google map so persons with disabilities can plan accordingly as where they can go with wheelchair. Volunteers can share the information on social media and promote accessibility related awareness.
Download the mobile app https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vosap&hl=en
Autistic Kids enjoying in Cruise Boat on 'World Autism Day' in Bhopal.
AFA awareness raising activities
Since 2007, after the declaration in the UN General assembly, April 2 is recognized internationally and celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) and the month of April as autism awareness month every year.1 WAAD highlights the need to help and improve the quality of life of those with ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ (ASD) so that they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. World Autism Awareness Day (2022)
World Autism Awareness Day - EN | United Nation
Data & Statistics on Autism Spectrum Disorder
An amount of Rs 11,922 crore has been allocated for the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment and Rs Rs 1212 crore for the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in the financial year 2022-23