Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. People with ASD have problems with social and communication skills. Many people with ASD also have unusual ways of learning, paying attention, or reacting to sensations. It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). In most cases its causes are unknown. Today, 1 in 100 individuals are diagnosed with autism.
Members of the autistic community consider their way of perceiving, understanding and reacting to the world as belonging to a different culture and not disabled or disorders in any way. It is important that this growing ‘neuro-diverse culture’ is fairly and equally represented within their local community. Much of the challenges facing the autism community can be overcome through enhanced autism awareness. Increasing autism awareness is essential to ensuring that people with autism feel safe and valued in their community. Some of the benefits to promoting autism awareness are that it helps:
the general public gain a better understanding of autism
dispel common misconceptions about autism
family members, friends and caregivers of people with autism participate in activities to show their support for their loved ones
raise money for autism support programs through related activities and events
develop an environment of understanding, tolerance and acceptance
In order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, PRISM will regularly undertake activities in and around Dun Laoghaire Rathdown to promote awareness of autism.