Autism, in short, is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. It is a part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Autism can be diagnosed as early as the age of 3. It lasts for a lifetime, it affects all racial, ethnic and social groups and is four times more likely to affect boys than girls.
There are now approximately 67 million people in the world diagnosed with autism. This year, more children will be diagnosed with autism than diabetes, cancer and AIDS combined.
Why am I writing this?
There are several members of my family who have been diagnosed either with autism or Aspergers syndrome. I know how difficult it is to live with autism, but I also know another thing; I wish I could see the world through the eyes of an autistic and see how fascinating a single flower can be; I wish I had their capacity of noticing the tiniest details of this world.
Autistic people are by no means stupid or impaired. But because of their own ignorance or prejudice, people are prone to label them, isolate them from the society and treat them unfairly.
Do yourself a favor and, at least today, reach out and take a peek at the world from another, more beautiful angle.