April 2nd is International Autism Awareness Day. Today, I’m donating my royalties to an organization that provides programs that allow many Autistic children to experience things they might not otherwise be able to enjoy, Variety – The Children’s Charity. http://www.usvariety.org/
While Variety Club is not autism-specific, it sponsors many fun events like trips to aquariums, amusement parks, and children’s museums that are autism-friendly and safe. They assure that noises are not too loud and lights are not too bright. They let people know that their children are free to be themselves and just have fun however they like. Some of these programs, they even provide for free, knowing that some families may not be able to access them otherwise.
On this April 2, I would like people to be aware that sometimes Autistic individuals, both children and adults, perceive sensory things differently and are able to enjoy experiences more when others respect that. I would also like people to be aware that even if Autistic individuals look or act differently than others, it doesn’t really matter. Every person is unique and that diversity is what makes the world a wonderful place. When groups like Variety put together autism-friendly events, they set a good example of how to respect diversity and differences.