This year marks the 15th annual Autism Awareness Month.
According to the National Autistic Society, one in 100 people are autistic and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. In the past, there has been so much stigma around autism and has resulted in many barriers between them and society. Often, children with autism are backed into a corner due to inequality, discrimination, isolation and a lack of understanding.
This month, we are focusing on empowering children with autism. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterised by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviours, speech and nonverbal communication (AutismSpeaks).
There are many things you can do to support autism:
1. Educate yourself
In 2019, The Autism Alliance launched a campaign called “Know Your Rights” to raise awareness about their rights in relation to the Autism Act 2009 and The Care Act 2014. There are many policies and legislations in place to support those with autism. When you have more of an understanding about autism, it will enable you to teach others and make an impact!
2. Be an advocate
Don’t let others get away with saying negative things about or to people with autism. Speak up and ensure that those with autism feel welcome and accepted. Remember, just like you, they deserve the same respect and treatment.
3. Learn about ways you can support financially
From fundraising yourself to finding charities with open donations, you have the chance to support autism.
4. Be a positive role model
It is important to take into account your own actions! Become a good example for your children when interacting with others as what you say and do are more influential that telling them what to do.
As a teacher, you have the opportunity to change the outlook of your students to be better and influence their acceptance of those with autism.
Caring Services are committed to raising recognition and acceptance by encouraging our previous clients and candidates to share their experience in support to help children with autism.
We have actively been sharing stories from previous candidates through our social media accounts in blog form.