Colour in darkness

There’s 3 things happening this week – Autism awareness week/day and month.

Possibly the most peculiar Autism Awareness Week/Month since their establishment but also the most unifying. We are all facing the same restrictions, the same stigma, the same fears and hopes. We deal and are affected in varying degrees and we are reminded that in times of darkness the world becomes just a little bit kinder.

Along with everything else this pandemic has shed light on, it has shown us how we all require a different approach/treatment. The kiddies need to stay home and still be educated, teens need to study at home and get used to online socialising, workers need to work from home or find ways to keep their cashflow, and the older generation needs to be protected, valued and provided for. In all these categories we have the people with underlying health conditions, mental health concerns, pregnant, disabilities, unemployed, homeless, ease of access to healthcare, childcare and autism.

This pandemic treats us all equally. Money, social status, friends, and being “normal” means nothing. We are faced with the reality of our own mortality and what that means individually for us. We are starting to open up and become aware of ourselves, appreciate what we have, respect others and give help where possible.

For this autism awareness month I want this to be a place where we can learn more, read about and become aware. We will expand our horizons, open up our worlds and come through this pandemic bigger, better, more inclusive, loving and respectful. I’ll find, share and maybe use some of my own stories to show you this pandemic from an autism point of view. And to counteract the bad, I will be offering up some of my paintings for sale, to raise funds for the SMILE school for autistic adults in Cyprus.

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