Autism Awareness month is in October and we are participating in this month to raise awareness of this common mental health issue.
Having Autism is a mental problem in the world. Autism is a disability which you can’t see. It means always doing the same thing and liking the same thing over and over. Its a social problem which is becoming more and more common. 15 years ago it was not the norm and now it is. And so it is ok to talk about it. These days more and more adults have it- but it is high functioning which means that we can do most things.
It is frustrating that society doesn’t always accept us for who we are. It’s frustrating to be teased at school because of autism! Autistic people act differently and process things much slower than normal people.
Most people with Autism are ok. But they do exhibit some strange behaviours that people of the normal society don’t understand. Like for example we are scared of loud noises and my friend will eat most things but will eat his hand especially with Asian food. And he likes his coke every single day. When he visits Shape Up (which is now closed) he would always order a chocolate milkshake.
Even on the bus and the train he looks like a normal person, yet for some strange reason always asks for a seat while the majority stands. I’m always happy to stand and have been for a long time eventhough a small part of me has autism.
Yet I train at the gym and still do my runs! This just goes to show that we can do stuff even if we think that we can’t. So therefore society should learn to accept us for who we are rather than discriminate against us.