This week 30 March-5 April is World Autism Awareness Week. This is where people raise awareness for people with Autism.
Many people would ask others what autism is and I have the answer. Autism is a disability that affects your social interaction and by restrictive and repetitive behaviour. It affects 1 in 100 people but most would be boys.
Others would come up to me and ask “Does Autism cause your life to be different”. That I would easily have an answer to and my answer is NO!. Just because you have autism, does not mean that you can get involved in the things that you want to do. For example, Susan Boyle. She has Aspergers but she was the runner up of Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. I do not think for one minute that Autism affects your lifelong chances. It does not affect you climbing the highest mountain in 2 minutes or winning the hardest race of all. When I stood for Young Mayor of Lewisham, My campaign was to raise autism awareness around Lewisham through my Youth Disability Awareness scheme. It would involve trips, talks with local MP’s and also others who have disabilities.
This is why it is so important that all of you this week despite the COVID-19 should make an effort to raise awareness. One of the examples is wearing blue on Thursday April 2nd as it helps to raise awareness. You could also get involved with the SEND project that I am facilitating. You can find more on the SEND project in the Our projects page. Also keep a look out for the film that I am launching in the next week or so.
Thank you very much and keep chasing your dreams