Easycove & Autism Awareness

Easycove & Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness month. In recent years, society has made efforts to understand and support individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Despite this progress, more is still needed to raise awareness and create an inclusive lifestyle for those on the spectrum. April reminds us of the ongoing challenges and journey towards better understanding and acceptance. The support of this awareness is on a personal level for Easycove.

 

History

Autism awareness is relatively new. Significant developments have occurred in the 20th century. A Swiss psychiatrist, Eugen Bleuler, first used the term “autism” in 1911 to describe the withdrawal into one’s inner world. It was not until 1943 when Leo Kanner, an Austrian-American psychiatrist, published a paper on autism that was unlike anything ever published before. He described it as a distinct neurological condition that was characterized by social and communication challenges. By the later half of the 20th century, the comprehension of autism evolved. There were many contributions from researchers like Hans Asperger and Bernard Rimland. By the 1980-90s, increased awareness gave birth to the establishment of advocacy organizations and a support network for individuals and families affected by autism. In the present day, the efforts to grow awareness and make acceptance permanent are ongoing. This has sparked a focus on inclusivity and understanding in all areas of society.

 

Early Intervention & Its Importance

Early intervention could be life altering for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Research has shown that early diagnosis and intervention can lead to improved outcomes in areas such as communication, social skills, and behavior management. When autism is identified early, children and their families can gain access to specialized support that is tailored to their needs. There are programs in early intervention such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, behavioral therapy, and educational interventions. The goal of these programs is to address the core challenges associated with autism while also pushing the development of essential skills for everyday life that these individuals may struggle with. Early intervention can also help families through the efforts of raising a child with autism and provide an environment with support and resources they need in order to thrive.

 

How Can You Help?

The first step to help with autism awareness is to educate yourself. The more you know, the more you can share, and the more you can share, the more others can know, until all gaps are bridged. Take some time to learn about characteristics, challenges, and strengths. Autism is commonly seen as a negative but there are beautiful things about it. By learning it inside and out, not only will you be able to see these things, but help others see it as well.

Next, spreading awareness is crucial. We all have a voice, and social media helps us to amplify that voice. However, social media can also spread lots of negativity and false news and reports. Do your best to use your voice and platforms to raise the correct awareness about autism. Don’t stop with a singular post – make it a regular thing. Tie it into a monthly theme, or a simple reminder every so often. Share information, resources, personal stories, and other ways to raise awareness to help debunk myths and misconceptions others may have.

Showing your support is necessary. Advocate for autism-friendly policies and practices in your area, workplace, schools, and businesses. Examples are better accommodations, showing acceptance and understanding, and offering inclusive environments. Get involved and volunteer at organizations that offer services that support individuals with autism and their loved ones. No job is too small; local autism centers, participating in fundraising events, or helping out those who need a village.

Above all else, practice inclusivity. Your language, actions, and practices can all help create an inclusive space where individuals with autism feel welcomed and valued. It will take empathy, patience, and understanding in your daily interactions.

Together we can create a world that is inclusive of those with autism.

 

Helpful links:

https://www.autismspeaks.org/

https://www.autismspeaks.org/world-autism-awareness-day

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/features/autism-acceptance-month.html

https://autismsociety.org/