A Gentle Note on How Autism is Not Being Differently Abled:
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), popularly known as Autism, is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, which is characterized by a series of social impairments or socially unacceptable behaviour. Characterized by difficulties in communication, restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, autistic disorder sometimes also exists along with the milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder.
Autism varies significantly and is present across various ethnic, socioeconomic and age groups and if reports are to be believed, one out of 88 children below the age of 8 have autism (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, March 30, 2012).
This makes it obvious that ASD is more common than juvenile diabetes, pediatric AIDS and pediatric cancer combined. Intense and early therapy, has been proven effective in helping to prepare these kids towards having a better and brighter future, however, most kids go without proper treatment and guidance owing to financial restraints.
The fact that Autism is no hinderance to emerging successful in life and all that it takes is timely care and guidance, is evident from the life of some of these popular celebrities who had/have autism, yet have managed to swim against all odds to succeed in life.
Five Celebrities you Didn’t Know Had/Have Autism:
Albert Einstein is surely among the top physicians and scientists that the world has ever known, however, the lesser known fact is that he showed signs of Autism. His inability to indulge in positive social interactions and his slow learning skills resulted in his lagging back in school and his inability to find an employment. It surely comes as a surprise to know that a person of his intelligence fell back on education and also exhibited symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome.
Known as the father of the modern day western music, a renowned music composer, a skilful pianist, violinist of the classical period and a versatile artist, whose experiments in music are still subject matter of experiments for musicians exhibited symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome, which is cited as the reason for his secluded life. It is also believed that he was quite sensitive to sound and Mozart’s music notes prove that he had echolalia, which can be regarded as autism.
The Former CEO and Chairman of the world’s largest personal computer software company, William Henry Bill Gates III is suspected to be affected with Autism along with Asperger’s Syndrome, however, the claims about the Asperger’s Syndrome is not confirmed.
James emerged as a hero to many, when he competed on the Season 10 of the “American Idol,” where he was open’ about his Tourettes and Asperger’s syndromes. James’ debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, was released in 2011 and were widely acclaimed.
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, who was a renowned American singer, songwriter and dancer is counted among the list of prominent personalities to be suspected with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Autism- They are not differently-abled or any variation thereof, so Stop labeling them and respect their individuality.
All these and many more renowned personalities were found to have autism, Asperger syndrome (AS), or another condition on the autism spectrum. However, that was not a factor restraining from being successful and these success stories are evident of the fact that a person who has been diagnosed with autism, need not be subjected to any social stigmas and that they need to be provided an equal opportunity to succeed in life. All that it takes in some extra care and compassion, which when provided with the right kind of therapy would be the magical ingredient,to succeed for every child/person with autism.
Nothing But Care:
Caring for people with autism, need not however, be through dedicated service in institutions working for the cause, even the simplest of acts like not stereotyping, passing snide comments, and providing a positive environment to learn and accomplish success in their talent area is all that it takes.
A simpler alternative would also be to contribute to organizations that serve these people, as it is the lack of funds and financial constraints that limits most people with autism (or the parents of children with autism), to back out from therapy.
If you are in Hyderabad, here is your opportunity to do your bit for the children with autism as the Care4Autism Center, Hyderabad, in association with the SimplyGive Foundation, is organizing a charity concert in support of the children with autism. This concert would be taking place at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Auditorium in the name of “Jhankar 2014,” featuring pioneering singers like Roopkumar and Sunali Rathod on July 5, 2014.
So, come and show your compassion and do your bit for the people with autism, as your simple action could make a huge difference in the life of these children, so go ahead and book your tickets now.