Why should we care?
The world needs diversity! To me, autism is not a diagnosis, a condition, a disease, or a disability.
It is simply a brain wired differently - a brain that senses and experiences the world differently, and contains a magical spark that means that the person is "more than" ordinary.
Some of the world's most creative and entrepreneurial people are somewhere on the spectrum.
Here are some of my favourite Autistic people from history and the current world:
- Dan Aykroyd – Comedic Actor
- Jerry Seinfeld – Comedian
- Tim Burton – Movie Director
- Emily Dickinson – Poet
- William Butler Yeats – Poet
- Andy Warhol – Artist
- Hans Christian Andersen – Children’s Author
- Lewis Carroll – Author of “Alice in Wonderland”
- Albert Einstein – Scientist & Mathematician
- Bill Gates – Co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation
- Steve Jobs – Former CEO of Apple
- Michelangelo – Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Poet
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Classical Composer
- Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, Astronomer, & Physicist
- Nikola Tesla – Inventor
Did their special brain wiring help them to be amazing, to do out of the ordinary things? You bet!
But I would also wager, that each of these individuals also had someone in their corner - someone who believed in them, in their special kind of magic.
And that's why I am raising funds for ASPECT - because I want to live in a world where diverse brain wiring is accepted, embraced and celebrated.
We're fundraising for all the wizards and witches and the Muggles that love them!
We've stepped up to Walk for autism to help create a world where no-one on the autism spectrum is left behind.
We’ll be challenging ourselves to each walk 10,000 steps a day for 8 days while raising much needed funds to support people on the autism spectrum.
An estimated 1 in every 70 people is on the spectrum. Along with their family members, this means autism is a part of daily life for over a million Australians.
People on the spectrum see, hear, feel and experience the world differently. For many, simply coping with the everyday can lead to confusion, anxiety and isolation.
By coming together and taking action, we can help provide opportunities for people on the autism spectrum to participate, engage and thrive in the world around them.
Help make our steps count and show your support by donating today!
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