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In case of Autism, awareness is key to happiness: Experience of an autistic child's mother
“Your son has autism and there is no cure”! After a series of tests and assessments, my doctor broke this news to me. I replied “ok….but what is autism?” He replied, “It is a complex neurological disorder that affects communication and social interaction etc.”

I could only understand that its a disorder that even the doctors think is complex. My two and half year old son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and after that our lives were never in order.

Reluctantly, I accepted autism as a part of my life but was not ready to accept the “no cure” thing associated with it. I took my son to occupational therapy sessions and speech therapy sessions as advised by my doctor and learnt about autism from Internet, parents, therapists, special educators etc. I myself began to teach my son and he improved dramatically.

As I began to understand autism, I began to understand my child and our frustration and confusion lessened with time. I realised that my son is just a child and yes a “special” child in more ways than one. He had taught me in the past 4 years more than I can teach him in my entire life. He has taught me to love and live!

I would like to add here that knowledge about autism has given me and my son an enriching life, hope and happiness. I have seen parents of autistic child live in denial for years, spend lots of money in religious practises to cure autism, send them to mental asylum, and engage in other unfruitful activities that spoil the whole family’s life.

Awareness is the key to happiness, definitely in case of autism. So, today on world autism awareness day, I would like to share my awareness with the world because I know now that many many families are going through the same struggle everyday as mine with their autistic child and the world needs to understand them and be considerate towards their needs.

I just want people to know that every autistic individual is capable of loving and being loved. So, whenever you come across a child with autism, don’t hate him for his behaviour, just be understanding and compassionate. All I am asking for a child suffering with autism is a little humanism and love!

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