April marks Autism Acceptance Month!
At Cheshire Fitness Zone, we aim to recognize the importance of accepting, understanding, and empowering people that are on the autism spectrum. This is a great opportunity to raise awareness about autism and help dispel common myths.
What is Autism and who does it impact?
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that impacts a person’s communication, behavior, and social interactions. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, people with autism may experience challenges with communication with other people, restricted interests and repetitive behaviors, and symptoms that may impact their ability to function at school and work.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 1 and 54 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
Autism impacts people of all backgrounds regardless of their race, nationality, economic status, or gender. While it is five times more likely to impact boys, it is important to recognize that girls are frequently misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed, which can impact the access they have to appropriate support and interventions.
MYTH: People with autism are unable to build emotional relationships
Many individuals with autism may experience challenges when it comes to social interaction. However, that does not mean they are unable to create close relationships. Many people with autism will be able to create strong emotional bonds, get married, and have children.
MYTH: Autism is caused by vaccines
Research has shown there is no evidence to suggest that there is a link between childhood vaccines and being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html)
MYTH: All cases of autism are the same
It is important to recognize that autism is evaluated on a spectrum. Not all cases of autism are the same, signs and symptoms will range for each person. This makes each individual unique and will present with different challenges that will require specific interventions to help support them. (https://adsd.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/adsdnvgov/content/Programs/Autism/ATAP/Autism%20Myths%20and%20Misconceptions.pdf)
During Autism Acceptance Month, we can promote awareness, create stronger support systems, and become more inclusive. Together, let us celebrate and support people with autism, their talents and strengths, and outstanding contributions to society!
“Autism and Vaccines.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 Dec. 2021, https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/autism.html.
Autism Myths and Misconceptions – Nevada. https://adsd.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/adsdnvgov/content/Programs/Autism/ATAP/Autism%20Myths%20and%20Misconceptions.pdf.
“Autism Spectrum Disorder.” National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/autism-spectrum-disorders-asd.