Autistic Pride Day was founded in an online community back in 2005 for autistic people to celebrate neurodiversity. According to Kabie Brook, co-founder of Autism Rights Group Highland (ARGH), autistics use the day to show the world that "we are proud of being autistic and that we are not diseased, defective, or in need of a cure." We have the same right to happiness and fulfillment as neurotypicals."
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental illness characterized by three major categories of impairments: reciprocal social interaction, communication patterns, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped behaviors.
The United Nations General Assembly has designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day. It highlights the importance of improving the quality of life for people with autism so that they can live full and meaningful lives as members of society.
On June 18, Autistic Pride Day is recognized so that people with autism can celebrate their identities while displaying their abilities to advocate for themselves. The day is run by people with autism. The rainbow infinity symbol represents the diversity of people with autism and the endless possibilities and variances within their community on Autistic Pride Day. The day is observed to alter society's negative attitudes toward acceptance.
Humans are social beings, and communication and socialization mediate their social acceptance. Autism impairs a person's ability to communicate and socialize in the traditional sense. Such deviation creates a chasm and makes them vulnerable.
People's general lack of awareness stems from their insensitivity and indifference to their sentiments. Autism is associated with feelings of rejection, neglect, or solitude. They are regarded and judged through the skewed lens of ableism because society places a higher value on a specific set of characteristics.
Not only does the individual suffer, but also their parents. They witness their child experiencing societal discrimination and the ensuing distress. What makes them even more powerless is that there is nothing they can do about it. Autism necessitates extra care from parents.
How to take care of your child?
There are certain tips for parents that they should follow to take care of their children-
1. Learn about autism and autism spectrum disorder. The more you’ll know about the condition, the more you’ll be able to cope with it.
2. Your child is 100% dependent on you. Make sure you plan a consistent structure and routine for them.
3. You’re not alone. Join community groups and talk with other parents who have children with autism.
4. If your child is having specific concerns or issues, consult a medical professional.
5. Autism can be physically, psychologically, and socially hard. Take your team for acceptance.
6. If your child is showing difficult behaviors, consult a professional.
7. You can take help from visual aids.
8. Identify your child’s reinforcers and tackle them carefully.
9. Make sure your home is child secured.
10. Look for non-verbal cues.
11. You should identify their sensory sensitivity.
What to do?
1. Always be supportive of your child. Handle them with patience.
2. Learn about their condition.
3. Interact with them in comprehensible language.
4. Keep your doctor visits regularly.
5. Follow a uniform treatment plan.
What not to do?
1. Do not give your child multiple instructions.
2. Do not get angry with them.
3. Do not express your frustrations.
4. Do not feel guilty in front of them.
5. Do not insist on them for anything.
At Sehaaonline, we understand that every human is not made the same. We have different interests, capabilities, attributes, and features that are different from one another.
We celebrate differences and aim to make everyone’s life easier. As we welcomed our new product line, Key-X, our objective was to create innovative smart computer equipment that celebrated neurodiversity.
The Key-X is an electronic panel with 11 sensitive touch keys, designed to replace the keyboard and mouse and enable the usage of computers, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones by people with the most varied functional limitations. With unlimited features and play, the medical equipment supports your child’s needs and enables them to cope with disabilities.
Let us work together to create a different world, one in which all neurotypes are respected, and the one where we are valued for our uniqueness. Encourage their strengths, celebrate their quirks, and improve their weaknesses, the way you would with any child.