AUTISM AND ME

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Blog

Autism is just another colourful difference.
By La Braya

27th March is the first day of World Awareness Week. We were lucky enough to learn about autism first-hand from one of our young people, on the Film Academy here at MedoritePlus. He has autism and inspired the creation of ‘AUTISM AND ME’ a short film expressing the reality of the condition. Through voicing his knowledge and day-to-day experiences it became evident to us how little we all actually know about it.

Lets look into Autism in a bit more depth…. but first we just want to shout out Julia, Sesame Street’s newest kid on the block, who has the biggest eyes, bright orange hair and autism!

Now that our fan girl moment is over…let’s just get straight to it. Autism is something most of us have heard of but that’s pretty much as far as it goes. It’s not a condition that enough of us understand as much as we could, considering how many people it actually affects in our society.

There are around 700,000 people in the UK living with autism – that’s more than 1 in 100

So in honour of National Autism Awareness Week lets open this conversation. Just to make sure we are all on the same page, autism is not a ‘disease ’ and there isn’t ‘a cure ’, let’s just chuck all those assumptions in the bin. Autistics are normal people, in-fact you may come across an autistic person and not even realise they have autism unless they tell you!

Autism is described as a ‘developmental disability’ or ‘spectrum disorder’ which basically means it is a condition that develops over time and there are a huge variety of behaviours associated with it, with different levels of severity. If you only take a few words from this read let it be this…autism IS NOT a blanket condition it presents itself differently in different people. The condition is very personal and subject to the individual.

“If you’ve met one autistic person, you’ve met one autistic person”

Some of the challenges people with autism face are communication, interaction with others and finding it more difficult to read social situations, as they often take things a lot more literal. They perceive and experience the world differently to everyone else.

So without sounding preachy, being based in London literally the most multi-everything City there is, there’s no escaping diversity. It is here to stay. And we are so here for it! Differences are a good thing; they give us identity, character and stories, they make everything more interesting. No one wants to watch a film with characters that look, talk and act the same…literally no one.

Autism is just another colourful difference.

Good to know’ : Autism is much more common than most people think. There are around 700,000 people in the UK living with autism – that’s more than 1 in 100. It affects both male and females, but is more common in males.

Support/Helplines:

http://www.autism.org.uk/helpline

National Autistic Society Helpline: 0808 800 4104