When searching the web we came across many different definitions of Autism. Many said it was a mental condition which affects people's ability to communicate, understand language, and/or develop social relationships. Some definitions or explanations suggested that all people with Autism experienced the same 'symptoms,' and almost all definitions only talked about Autism in children, and did not mention Autism in adults.
Certain parts of different definitions we found were accurate, however quite a few were inaccurate in one way or another. So, if we can't find an accurate definition of Autism, what is it?
The word Autism can refer to a number of subcategories that fall under the category of ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Some of these subcategories are Autism, Aspergers, and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder[CDD].
Still, this doesn't help! We still haven't answered the big question: "What is Autism?" But that's just it, there is no answer, because it is different for every child. You can't define autism because it is not constant, never the same.
So, we'd like to ask you to share your story! We will be sharing stories via this blog all through April in honor of Autism Awareness Month. Tell us what Autism is to you, based on your experiences. Share a story about something that has happened to you or a family member, relating to autism - good or bad! Ask questions and give advice! We're looking for all of the following: stories, questions, comments, advice, and anything else you can think of!
Please send in any submissions, stories, questions, or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Stories and comments will be published, and questions will be published and answered on this blog unless otherwise specified. All submissions will remain anonymous. Even if you do not want your story, question, or comment published we would love to hear from you, and any questions or comments you have will be responded to by a member of the Communicare Project. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!
Also, a HUGE apology for our absence. We were unable to access our email account (and therefore our blogspot account) for the past 2 weeks and just had all accounts reset yesterday. We have spent the past day attempting to respond to the many emails we have received during our absence, if you have not yet received a response you can expect one soon! Thank you for your patience!