World Autism Day 2023
I was on a bus the other day when I noticed a kid around 10 years of age, staring vividly at the glass window. He was silent the whole time, and though it’s normal for anyone to look outside the window while riding on the bus, this boy wasn’t looking outside. I noticed that he was staring at the reflections emanating on the glass. He might be looking outside, but his vision was closely held only at those images reflecting on the window. When the bus stopped and a passenger went up, the driver told the mother and the kid to sit properly for the new passenger to sit down. The mom had to cuddle the child up because he was not bothered to move, he was still fixated on the glass window. I’m just glad the man didn’t complain or get annoyed, but instead looked sympathetic with the mother and the child. This is humanity, and we love seeing care and respect from the most common places we dwell in.
As a Physical Therapist, it has been a habit for me to observe gait patterns, postural malalignment, and movement disorders from people I met elsewhere. Sometimes it is easy to understand people when you see them physically struggling with something that is beyond their control. Children with autism are one of those challenging aspects of society that we don’t need to be indifferent. They should not be excluded in the community, thus they need to be understood and accepted.
I have seen this Korean drama “The Extraordinary Attorney Woo” on Netflix and by far she’s indeed extraordinary for someone with Autism. Though this film might be fictional, but I love the concept that she has been given the chance to work as a lawyer, and her judgment is welcomed and respected by her colleagues. Attorney Woo must be entertaining because of her high functioning Autism, but not all are like her. Some can be totally different.
In the story, one would realize that people with autism have a different world, which must be twisted from ours. Nonetheless, their struggle to face the real world is just as extraordinary as well. Thus we ought to be patient and understanding for them too.
I just hope we all have the power to see the difference and understand everyone. Like spotting Persons With Disabilities and go easy on them. How about people with mental issues and feigning life with a smile?
Just spread kindness and love to ANYone!
Thanks for reading guys!
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