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Giving a new meaning to autism

Autistic children and people are ridiculed or sometimes bullied for doing things differently

Autism is a term that we hear now quite often, with a greater number of kids being diagnosed these days with this condition.

Also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), it is a neuro developmental disability in which one has issues with communication and social behaviour. The rising numbers of autism cannot be just attributed to increasing cases but the awareness that has been created around leading to more diagnoses and better outcomes for those who are being affected with ASD.

Hence, rather than focusing on the limitations that autism can cause why not embark on the walkaways set by the autistic people who are making an enormous difference and inspiring the autistic kids as well as their guardians.

They have not only contributed significantly to redefining autism but also had never let autism become any hurdle to their goals.

Mentioning a few, Daniel M Jones from Great Britain, is quite a popular figure on Instagram (@theaspieworld) who being an author and content creator has immense and interesting content about uplifting and encouraging autistic kids and people around.

A pastry chef Jeremiah Josey (@jercookingadventure), at 23 is also an author, model, and motivational speaker. His book ‘Here’s What I Want You To Know’ gives an insight into his own experiences as an autistic.

What’s more? Chris Bonnello, is an award-winning writer and author of the Underdog novel series and a special education tutor for autistic children while himself being on the spectrum.

Eileen lamb, too; herself being autistic and mother to an autistic child couldn’t stop her from becoming a published author and a profound autism advocate.

She shares her views on what goes on in the everyday life of an autistic parent and a child and how that can be balanced artfully on her Instagram profile and other platforms.

Such are the people who had pulled out all the stops on their way and had given a new meaning to autism; sharing their journey and experiences.

While inspiring and educating many on the way they made it distinct and clear that ASD never became an obstacle to their accomplishments.

By and large what happens is, that those autistic children and people are ridiculed or sometimes bullied for doing things differently. However, it is all about perception. It's just that people with ASD have an entirely different approach towards learning, responding, or interacting.

They might find it difficult to learn things that are easy for others. On the contrary, they can be exceptionally good at other skills.

It's all about intervening early and in the right ways and no one can stop autistic people from attaining their full potential.

Dr Nisma Haris

The writer is content creator and wellness adviser

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