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World Autism Day

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Do you know these names? Anthony Hopkins, Greta Thunberg, Elon Musk, Satoishi Tahirithe and Grace Tame?

If you did, you would probably all know them as being leaders in their fields and helping to change the world. What you may not know is that they all have something in common: they have all been (or have reported to have been) diagnosed with Autism.

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day and we wanted to remind everyone that those with Autism are much more than their diagnosis.

A common characteristic of people with Autism is the ability to passionately focus on a subject, activity, topic or cause that interests them. And, while Autism can present challenges for those living with the condition, it is important to remember that people with Autism can also help to change the world.

As Greta Thunberg has said, “I have Autism and that means that I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. Given the right circumstances, being different is a superpower.” She has also said, “Being different is a gift. If I was like everyone else, I wouldn’t have started this school strike.”

A person with Autism should never be viewed one dimensionally as their diagnosis alone, nor should their diagnosis be swept aside and feared or ignored.

We hope that you will all take today to consider what you are doing to support a diverse and caring community.

Find out more at the Autism Speaks website.

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