B is for Belief. Belief in Aspiration in my 1 in 68.
Today is World Autism Awareness Day. 1 in 68 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder in the most recent study by the Centers for Disease Control. Somewhere within that staggering statistic lies my child. For this reason, and many others, I fully support this cause. World Autism Awareness Day is a United Nations cause and according to the UN, more than 80% of adult with autism remain unemployed–these unemployed adults are untapped resources for the world. People assume when they hear the word “autism” that the person has limitations that may prevent them from working, but, in fact, we should think about the ways we can make people with autism employable. Indeed, people with autism typically have greater pattern recognition, logical reasoning, and pay more attention to detail than others.
With an increase in vocational training and with a decrease in the amount of prejudice against people with autism in the workforce, we could put people to work who can benefit society in ways that we’ve not even realized before. Perhaps putting accommodations in place to help a person with autism succeed in the workforce would help. But think about the possibilities! What jobs could a person with autism succeed at? Anything he or she wanted to do. Why? Because once they determine what they’re interested in, they generally become “specialized” in that area due to their tendency to fixate on a particular subject. There’s no reason why, unless low IQ is an area of concern, a person wouldn’t go to college and even conduct a normal life. In fact, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day to show the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults, who are affected by autism, so they can lead full and meaningful lives
I have dreams for my 1 in 68. I refuse to believe he will do less than others just because he has autism. My hopes and dreams for my 1 in 68 stay alive because I know he has strengths that remain untapped. We continue to work toward discovery and look for ways to communicate better with him. I believe in him. I believe in aspiration and dreams and success above all else. He can make it in this world. My 1 in 68 will become a success story.
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In support of my son’s success and the success of other children with autism in my community, I’ve joined my local Autism Society in the Run/Walk for Autism. You can help support the cause by donating on our team page HERE.