April is autism awareness month in the United States, and there’s some autism awareness week in the Netherlands soometime in early April too. April is also the month for the blogging from A to Z challenge. This means bloggers write a blog post on every day of the month except Sundays, choosing themes from the letters of the alphabet.
I signed up for this challenge a week ago. Originally, I was thinking of a wholly different theme for this challenge. Over the week, however, I started becoming more and more involved with the autism/autistic community. I thought maybe I’d do autism as a theme next year, but then I thought: why not this year? I may not be blogging anymore come next year. Also, if there’s one thing I know a lot about and have strong opinions on, it’s autism.
I am still thinking of some themes for some of the letters, and I might cheat here and there and discuss some related conditions too.
For those visiting from the A-Z theme showcase and who haven’t looked around, here’s a bit of background on my experience with autism. In short, I was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2007 at the age of twenty. Some professionals say I have Asperger’s, while others prefer to leave it at generic ASD. What this means is that I’m of above-average intelligence and can speak, but otherwise have most of the usual autism symptoms.
As I said, I have strong opinions on autism. I however will attempt to look at the issues at stake from different sides. As I said, I may also discuss related conditions. I, after all, self-identify with a few other neurodevelopmental conditions too.
I will attempt to keep my posts as accessible to the general public as possible. If you find that you don’t understand something or you have questions, feel free to ask in the comments. I also encourage debate, but personal attacks will not be tolerated.