What is ASD? Charity Events Australia: World Awareness Day
Aspect Promotes World Autism Awareness Day in Australia and Defines autism
Autism was first introduced into the medical lexicon in 1908. Dr. Eugen Bleuler, a Swiss psychiatrist who pioneered research into schizophrenia and served as a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, created the term to describe schizoid patients suffering from withdrawn personality types. Modern physicians know this description to be incorrect but the word itself remains, and with it comes the need for a greater understanding of the autism spectrum.
In its quest to define autism, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) shares insight about behavioural traits, spectrum ranges, and more: all to ensure that communities can better identify, and respond to, the symptoms. It also explains the importance of World Autism Awareness Day and stresses the need for charity events in Australia.
What is ASD?
In anticipation of World Autism Awareness Day’s arrival in Australia, Aspect now answers an important question: what is ASD?
Simply explained, autism directly impacts social, emotional, and developmental growths within the brain. Its symptoms are vast, with no two patients sharing identical behaviours. Individualised patterns emerge between 12 months to 18 months of age. These patterns include:
- Unusual or affected motor skills.
- Unusual or affected speech patterns.
- Extreme reliance on patterns and organisation.
- Sensory sensitivity.
- Repetitive behaviours.
- Extreme focus on specific topics or interests.
- Inability to understand facial expressions or subtlety.
Understanding these symptoms proves crucial for early identification and therapy. It also helps communities recognise the importance of charity events in Australia, like World Autism Awareness Day.
What is World Autism Awareness Day?
On April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day comes to Australia. This event, which was first established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, offers answers to the question of 'what is ASD?', as well as highlights the progressive strides made in therapy and training. Aspect hopes to utilise it as a way to draw members of the New South Wales community together.
Similar to all autism-related charity events in Australia, this serves as a way to promote the school’s efforts: both in research and life-skill development. It also allows teachers to emphasise the need for diagnostics, early intervention modules, and individual therapy services.
Community Involvement Needed
World Autism Awareness Day proves critical to Aspect’s annual growth. It highlights the prevalence of autism throughout the country, as well as re-establishes the need for community involvement. The school, after all, relies on financial donations and volunteering.
To participate in an Aspect event, use one of these communication methods:
Call 1-800-AUTISM to join in an upcoming workshop, speaking event, or fundraiser.
Request information about autism or Aspect by mailing the school directly:
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)
PO Box 361 Forestville, NSW 2097
Contact an Aspect team member online by visiting www.austimspectrum.org.au.
ASD affects approximately one per cent of the total global population. World Autism Awareness Day in Australia now celebrates the progress made to help these individuals while still stressing the need for continued research, education, and care.
Not sure where to start? Find out how Aspect can help.