This week is World Autism Awareness Week and we are Speaking Up and standing up for autism.
Its not just about raising funds for autism support it is about spreading the word and raising awareness.
Here are some facts and statistics about autism.
- Autism is a serious, lifelong and disabling condition. Without the right support, it can have a profound – sometimes devastating – effect on individuals and families
- It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support.
- Autism is much more common than many people think. There are around 700,000 people in the UK with autism – that’s more than 1 in 100. If you include their families, autism touches the lives of 2.7 million people every day.
- Autism doesn’t just affect children. Children with autism grow up to be adults with autism.
- Autism is a hidden disability – you can’t always tell if someone has it.
- While autism is incurable, the right support at the right time can make an enormous difference to people’s lives.
Raising two children who both have a diagnoses of autism has made me really realise how vast the spectrum is and its this degree of variation that leaves many struggling with little or no support.
There need to be more investment placed in early and true diagnoses and support given.
There also needs to be more support to those who care for children and adults with autism.
I can honestly say that why I love my children with all my heart at times autism has led me to some isolated places. Its hard watching your children struggle to understand, get frustrated or anxious. Its also hard when you are the receiver of their frustrations. Having the right support and guidance is invaluable.
So that is why this week I am Speaking Up to raise awareness of Autism.
Please visit the The National Autistic Society and learn more about Autism
Don’t forget to join in with this weeks Speak Up and tell me what your are passionate about and let us support and encourage each other.