This is the 3rd year I am writing a post for World Autism Day and I am glad of the evolution in my perception of Autism. This year’s post was written a couple of days in advance. You can read my previous year’s posts here and here. This evolution has a lot to do with the time I spend with children and adolescents on the Spectrum and reading blogs and books written by Autistic individuals. The more time I spent with Autistic children, the more I had difficulty continuing to view Autism through the deficit model that is presented to us as special needs professionals. I do perceive Autism as a disability, but my perception of why it is a disability has changed. Here I will be sharing some of the resources I love.
I am supposed to talk on World Autism Day coming up on 2nd April and I have been thinking about what message I’d like to give, here is an attempt.
I have been working in Ahmedabad for over 3 years now and I have met and known more than 25 children and adolescents on the Autism Spectrum and the most important thing I have learnt is that Autism is diversity, the autism spectrum is at least as diverse as the neurotypical spectrum and if you give up all the stereotypes in your head, you will see a kid unique in his ways of perceiving the world, in his interests, in his interaction, in his intelligence and that’s all.