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What a Visit to the Children's Museum Taught Me About the Reality of Autism Awareness

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Being home on lockdown all these weeks, I’ve had a lot of time to think. Hot and heavy on my mind has been this: why are there so many self-proclaimed heroes out there, championing the disabled children (in our case, autism), patting themselves on the back for passing the basketball to the autistic kid or for “sacrificing themselves” and inviting an autistic boy to prom?

Yet, for these to be heroic acts, we have to simultaneously acknowledge that we are including the “less than.” “Look at me, including the poor kid who is less than us!” The month of April houses World Autism Awareness Day.

This, I think, is where the root of the problem lies. Who isn’t aware of autism? Who, by now, in 2020, hasn’t heard of autism?

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