Angels for Autism
Autism is a developmental disorder that is characterized by speech/communication and social impairments in individuals with the disorder. It is a lifelong disorder that affects not just the individual with autism, but their families as well. Estimates show that approximately 1 in 150 children is diagnosed with autism. Although more prevalent in males than females, autism can affect anyone: it knows no gender, age, no race, nationality, and socioeconomic status.
It truly takes an Angel to embrace Autism. I invite you to be one of them too!
This month, I undertook a campaign for Autism Awareness as a project for my birthday. I was pleasantly surprised at the success the project attained! As a birthday present to me, I asked my friends and family to support my cause by pledging at least Php 50.00 (a little over $1) for an Angel Baller Band from the Autism Society Philippines. Proceeds will benefit the ASP’s provincial chapters which in in turn provides support and services to underprivileged families afflicted with autism.
How can you help?
Well, for one, you can make a donation to the ASP to help support their programs. You can get in touch with them through email@example.com. If you have a special talent or skill that can be of help to these individuals, why not volunteer? I understand a major need for many individuals with autism is socialization. By sharing your time, they can have just that. If you are a business owner, why not employ one or two young adults who have autism? Many of them are high functioning individuals who can handle rote tasks like filing, shelving, and similar repetitive tasks. More importantly, however, you can help by spreading awareness about this disorder to people around you. As the ASP beleives, Autism is not a tragedy. IGNORANCE IS THE TRAGEDY. By building awareness in the community we can help others understand what autism is all about. This can also pave the way for inclusion of individual with autism into mainstream society. I remember with sadness a story a friend told me that she overheard a parent complaining about her daughters ballet class having accepted a child with autism. Let’s try to get rid of that ignorance!
Although my campaign is just about over, I am committing myself to continuing building awareness for autism and individuals and families living with this disorder. I hope to be able to feature inspirational stories written by parents, professionals, and perhaps individuals with autism. If you have a story you would like to share, please feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For donations, support and inquiries about how to obtain an Angel Baller Band, please check out my post on my Campaign for Autism Awareness here.
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