World Autism Awareness Month

World Autism Awareness Month

A Weekly Column By Anne (St. Louis) Gingras

April marks the beginning of World Autism Awareness Month, a time to reflect on the impact of autism on individuals and their families. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder that affects communication, behaviour, and social interaction. According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal, approximately 1-2% of the Canadian population is on the autism spectrum, which means that some 135,000 persons are living with autism in Ontario alone.  ( source: Autism Ontario )

Despite the prevalence of ASD, there is still a significant lack of understanding and awareness surrounding the autism spectrum. Autism is a term used to describe a neurodevelopmental condition that affects how an individual's brain processes information. Many individuals with ASD face stigmatization and discrimination, which can make it even more challenging for us to access the support and resources we need, especially when reaching adulthood. ( Did I mention that my son and I are individuals living with ASD? So yes, I speak from a lifetime of experience, understanding what it feels like to navigate the world while being neuro-different) However, it is essential to remember that a diagnosis does not define individuals with ASD. We are unique individuals with our personalities, interests, and talents.

During World Autism Awareness Month, we have an opportunity to raise awareness about ASD and promote acceptance and inclusion for individuals with ASD. Many individuals with ASD possess unique skills and strengths that can be valuable in the workplace. However, as adults, we often face barriers to employment due to discrimination and lack of access to resources. We may require a support person and more time to process information. Sensory issues may prevent us from completing specific tasks, and a flexible schedule may be necessary to help us function at our best capacity. By promoting inclusion in the workplace, we can help break down these barriers and create a more equitable society for individuals with ASD.

If you or someone you know is looking for autism services in Ontario, Autism Ontario is a reliable source to help you get started. By promoting awareness and acceptance, we can create a society that values and supports all individuals, regardless of their differences. Let us use this month as an opportunity to learn more about ASD, and work towards creating a more inclusive world for everyone.

About Autism | Autism Ontario
What is Autism? The clinical model defines autism, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, as a lifelong neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people and the world around them. It can affect body language and posture, social interactions and relationships, how…

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Anne (St. Louis) Gingras is a neuro-diverse individual who is also a wife, mother, teacher, writer, author, blogger, composer, international public speaker, life coach, energy worker, intuitive coach, mentor and death doula who also enjoys spending time in her miniature worlds.  She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Education (honoris causa) from Nipissing University in North Bay.

 Anne (St. Louis) Gingras est une personne qui célèbre sa neuro-différence.  Elle est entre autres une épouse, maman, enseignante, écrivaine, blogueuse, compositrice, conférencière internationale, coach de vie, travailleuse en énergie, coach intuitive, mentor et doula (accent sur la mort), qui adore passer ses moments libres au sein de ses mondes miniatures.  Elle est récipiendaire d’un doctorat honorifique en éducation (honoris causa) de l’université Nipissing, de North Bay. 

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