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As the parent of a child with autism, sometimes just parenting your child can feel overwhelming. You may figure that also working to raise awareness is too much. You probably don't have the time or energy to lead a non-profit or organize an awareness walk, and that's okay. There are plenty of ways you can raise awareness as an average, busy parent without feeling like you're being stretched too thin.
Participate in awareness walks
Simply participating in an autism awareness walk is helping the cause. These walks only gain a lot of attention and recognition because they are so big, and every person in the crowd adds to the attention that the walks receive. You just show up and walk; it's a nice chance to get some exercise, chat with other families who are affected by autism, and maybe even get a free shirt.
Speak at an event
Consider speaking at an autism awareness event. You don't have to put together a peer-researched, one-hour lecture or anything that takes you weeks to put together. You can just share your story honestly. That's really what these events are all about. If you don't feel comfortable speaking, you can simply attend and listen to the stories of others. You'll be supporting those who do speak and deepening your own understanding of autism so that you can better share your knowledge with others.
Be open with friends and family members about your child's diagnosis
Sometimes in an effort for their children to be seen as "normal," parents avoid telling friends and relatives that their children are on the spectrum. But this only serves to keep people uninformed. Be honest with others about your child's diagnosis, and share how proud you are of them too. By being the proud parent of a child with autism, you are helping to increase acceptance for those with this cognitive difference.
Donate to charities when possible
If you have a few spare dollars to donate, consider donating them to organizations that work to raise awareness of autism. These organizations typically operate on shoestring budgets, and a few dollars here and there can make a big difference. Encourage your friends and family members to donate too.
You do not have to dedicate 30 hours a week or lead a charity in order to raise awareness of autism. Consider using one or more of the strategies above; you'll be doing more than you know!
Reach out to an autism awareness organization to find more ways to help.Share
15 September 2020