Why It’s Ironic That We Call it “Autism Awareness”

I was just thinking about it today and find it ironic that we call it “Autism Awareness” when really, that’s a large part of what Autism is… Awareness!

It’s the overwhelming nature of taking in all sights, sounds, smells, feelings and tastes all at once and being unable to process or filter it all. It’s over awareness.

So here we find ourselves trying to raise awareness in those that have no Autism in their lives and trying to lower awareness in those that do have Autism.

Now don’t get offended if you have Autism/Aspergers and enjoy the benefits that it brings you and are proud. I’m not talking about you when I say we need to lower the awareness, I am talking about those that are so far overwhelmed that they are unable to speak or interact with people around them in a conventional way.

Anyway, just an amusing thought I had today, thought I’d share.

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of http://www.stuartduncan.name. My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

One Response to Why It’s Ironic That We Call it “Autism Awareness”

  1. Adelaide Dupont August 23, 2010 at 6:08 am #

    Yes, Stuart, the increased awareness can add to some funny situations sometimes.

    The last paragraph clarifies things!

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