Lighting The World With Kindness – Understanding, Accepting, and Connecting to Those who live on The Spectrum

Spectrum – A condition that is not limited to a specific set of values, but one that can vary without steps across a vast continuum. Put another way, it’s something that keeps growing, and changing over time, while slowly breathing in new life. No matter how one looks at life, in one way or another, we all live within a spectrum. This range of life we live is a mixture of tiny bits of everything our lives consist of. It has differentiations, changes, and assumptions. It has understanding, conclusions, emotions, morals, and ethics, and it has our learnings as well as our mistakes.

If you’ve ever encountered a person diagnosed with ASD, you’ve met autism head-on. Autistic people are wonderfully unique, bright, and benevolent, but while the challenges they face with their families, schools, and the public are diverse, they deserve our utmost recognition and respect. Issues that are of particular relevance from the first day of diagnosis are only the beginning of a world full of unexpected challenges at a time when their parents’ lives and daily routines are sometimes explosively uprooted.

The world can be a scary place for everyone, but more so for those with autism and other developmental disorders. Just knowing that they are recognized, loved, and accepted, will encourage them to lead fuller and more meaningful lives as an integral part of society. It’s time to celebrate, hearten, accept, and understand those who we assume to be “different” from us.

Showing kindness and genuine concern will, over time, correct any illusions, assumptions, and conclusions we’ve made about these extraordinary human conditions. Let’s face it, we’re equals, we’re just different, and we need one another. No one, despite any physical or emotional differences, should ever be excluded from living a meaningful life. Spending time with someone with sensory pervasive development will allow us a rare look inside the autistic mind and an entry into an entirely unknown but extraordinary world. By listening to their voices, we can only begin to understand the complex echoes of altruism while permitting us to stretch our own vision of what it means to be human.

It will astound you, ground you, and they will feel much less alone.

“Welcome to a new and unlatched world of self-sacrifice.”

“Help unlock autism, it will unlock you”

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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and experiences with others who are gaining a strong understanding, acceptance, and curiosity about the mysterious and absorbing world of autism and the people within it.

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