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Today is World Autism Awareness Day and I'm happy to be part of a group of authors and bloggers who are acknowledging the day. Please visit R J SCOTT's blog where she has an introductory post.

And please feel free to add your own comments, here on the blog, or on my Facebook. At the end of this post is a Rafflecopter prize draw you can enter. Leave the link to your comment and your name will be entered into the draw for a FREE download of any one of my books.

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Those with the condition share three main areas of difficulty, which are sometimes called the triad of impairments.

*Those with Autism have difficulty recognising and understanding people’s feelings and managing their own, They may, for example, stand too close to another person, prefer to be alone, behave inappropriately and may not seek comfort from another person. This can make it hard for those with the condition to make friends.

*People with autism have difficulty using and understanding verbal and non-verbal language, such as gestures, facial expressions and tone of voice, as well as jokes and sarcasm. Some might not speak, or have fairly limited speech. They may understand what people say to them but prefer to use alternative forms of communication, such as sign language.

*People with autism have difficulty understanding and predicting other people’s intentions and behaviour, and imagining situations that are outside their own routine. This can mean they carry out a narrow, repetitive range of activities. A lack of social imagination should not be confused with lack of imagination. Many people with autism are very creative.

***and following on from that, I'd like to feature part of a poem by a young adult man with autism, Scott Lentine. For me, it's a vivid and poignant expression of living with the condition.

Acceptance of Autism

Wanting to be free
Wanting to be me
Trying to make people see
And accept the real me

Some people think my voice is too loud
And that my mannerisms strike them as being odd
This perception of me by others keeps me feeling blue
But there are plenty of struggles in life that I must get through

I am determined to show my critics my true personality
Hoping that people move away from their narrow-minded mentalities
I want them to know that I am a bright young man
Who is willing to take on as many challenges in life as I can

I want to make new friends and create a new start
I like to develop new relationships with an open heart
I hope to be accepted for the person that I am
So people can understand a true autistic man.

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( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2015 04:00 am (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the poem. It really does a wonderful job of reflecting some the struggles of someone affected by autism.
(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
I hope more people read Scott's poem!

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Susana Perez
Apr. 2nd, 2015 07:04 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the beautiful poem. All the prejudice that surrounds mental disabilities like autism would disappear if people really knew how it works and understood it. It is really important to shed light on this, so that things begin to change for the better.
Su Holland
Apr. 2nd, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
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Hi Clare, this is not my comment (yet :D) but I cannot access the rafflecopter link :(
clarelondon
Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:28 pm (UTC)
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Ah hell :(. I couldn't get it to work, but now it is LOL. But don't worry, I'll enter you anyway! :)

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Su Holland
Apr. 8th, 2015 11:41 pm (UTC)
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I knew about autism growing up, but it was not until I joined the education sector that I really understood it better. I also have a close friend with Aspergers and a number of friends with children that are somewhere on the varied spectrum. I read an article recently and it said that 78% of young people with autism think people outside their family don’t know enough about the condition
(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2015 10:02 pm (UTC)
Lovely poem :) I don't have any close experience with anyone who has autism so my experience is limited to reading what people post.

(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
Lovely poem :) I don't have any close experience with anyone who has autism so my experience is limited to reading what people post.

Ugh, this is whitestar. I didn't realize I was on Livejournal. I have an account on here if you need to contact me.

(Anonymous)
Apr. 2nd, 2015 10:50 pm (UTC)
Thanks for sharing this :)
pumpkin3410
Apr. 3rd, 2015 01:24 am (UTC)
Wow! That is a great poem and gives a great visual of what it's like to be autistic. It also broke my heart a little. I think we all want to be accepted for who we are, but for those with autism, it's so much harder.
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Apr. 3rd, 2015 02:11 am (UTC)
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I am enjoying the blog hop. There is so much great info being shared. Thanks for helping get the word out.
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(Anonymous)
Apr. 3rd, 2015 06:42 am (UTC)
Loved the poem. So powerful! Thanks for sharing.

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ramlr
Apr. 4th, 2015 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thans for participating in this autism blog tour! It's so important to raise awarness. Great poem :)
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