BENEFITING: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
ORGANIZER: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
EVENT: Tough Mudder Wisconsin 2016
EVENT DATE: Oct 01, 2016
Autism has everyone stumped. The more people become aware of the characteristics, misconceptions, treatment, and diagnosis of autism, the better it will be defined.
Autism, now called autism spectrum disorder, (ASD) is a lifelong developmental disability that can cause social, communication, and behavioral challenges. ASD now includes several conditions that used to be diagnosed separately: autistic disorder, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), and Asperger syndrome. These conditions are now all called autism spectrum disorder.
Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as on the autism spectrum–a ten-fold increase in prevalence in 40 years. Careful research shows that this increase is only partly explained by improved diagnosis and awareness. Studies also show that autism is four to five times more common among boys than girls. An estimated 1 out of 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls are diagnosed with autism in the United States.
Usually no physical attribute of people with ASD is noticeable but people with ASD may communicate, act, and learn differently. The ability to learn and solve problems can range from exceptionally gifted to severely challenged. For example, some people with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art, while others are nonverbal and have to use technology like iPads in order to communicate. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others need less. The people who experience it have a life with challenges like everyone else, and autism is a major part of it. They don't necessarily want to become normal, but they do want to engage with the world better. People who experience autism are bright; but are stuck in a body that doesn't respond for them. They are shut off by their body from the rest of the world. This can be frightening and a major disruption, and it does not always bring out their best. Many autists experience loneliness, depression, and are less able than other people to interact with the world because of their social and behavioral challenges.
Our human approach to autism is to look at it like a sudoku puzzle. Similar to a brain problem, we look at autism like it is one that is able to be solved, then we can manage behavior, we train behavior, but we all know this doesn't quite work. With the experience of having a niece and nephew both diagnosed with different forms of ASD, I hope to bring more awareness to their struggles and strengths so they may have the same if not better opportunities as any other child.
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