It is important that America becomes more aware of the complications and difficulties experienced by people and families of people with autism and starts dealing with it in a positive and proactive manner. Many people continue to talk about it over the years, but more is needed. It would benefit so many Americans and their families to stop talking, and maybe start doing. Autism is not a disease as many may think; it is a disorder of the central nervous system. It really has three main features that define the disorder but they can have many symptoms. These three main features are: problems with social interactions, verbal and nonverbal communication, and also performing the same actions continuously with very limited interest.
Autistic people suffer with not being able to interact with large or small groups of people. One possible solution to help autistic people would be to get groups of them together, so they could interact with each other. This could be done by having mixers. They could take field trips to places such as the zoo, McWane Center, Alabama Adventure, etc. Also, they could have parties such as dances to have fun with each other. All of these ideas allow them to have a good time together, and feel comfortable around each other and learn how to interact socially.
Verbal and nonverbal communication is also a problem that autistic people have trouble with. One way to fix the trouble would be to develop a chat/video group online at schools where autistic children can learn to communicate with each other. If they can talk to one another then it will help familiarize them with verbal and nonverbal communication skills. These skills may provide a basis for relationships with other autistic people as well as non autistic people.
Autistic people tend to do the same thing over and over because of a chemical imbalance in their brain. For example, a little autistic boy attends softball games regularly, and always has a score book to keep up with the games. This boy knows the game of softball, and is very interested in keeping his book at every game. This is an example of how their attention can be held by something trivial and non-challenging to non-affected people. Schools and centers for autistic people should recognize that this is something they enjoy and should encourage it.
The autism awareness symbol represents the many puzzle pieces necessary to solve the difficulties of autism. One in every one thousand people in the United States has autism. I believe starting with these three problems of autism I could raise local awareness and provide a more comfortable lifestyle for all effected.