Autism in the spotlight

2019-04-03 06:02

The 2019 World Autism Awareness Month focuses on neurodiversity.

Held annually on 2 April, this awareness drive encourages the public to learn more about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“Neurodiversity advocates for the idea that being neurodivergent does not mean something bad. It is just a difference,” said Emile Gouws, an autistic adult, pursuing his PHD in Psychology, and also a national executive council member of the Autism South Africa Board.

Gouws said neurodiversity includes among other ADHD, autism, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dyslexia.

“Many autistic activists will advocate for neurodiversity – a world where autism is accepted as a different way of thinking and is not seen as a disorder.

“It is only through embracing neurodiversity that we can create acceptance. Having people who think diffe­rently in our work, and who change social settings, will only benefit the society,” said Gouws.


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