04: [#MuslimFreeStyle] Let’s Talk About Autism
April is __________ Awareness month.
Can you guess?
Ok, let’s talk about Autism.
Disability of any form – physical, psychological, mental – is an important social issue. Ultimately, we need to value and respect all humans and celebrate their unique potentials in whatever form they show themselves.
Sadly, people with disabilities often get stereotyped and suffer many forms of prejudices and difficulties in their lives. Their families and loved ones are not left out too.
A blind Muezzin
What do you think of Prophet Muhammad (saw) who appointed Abdullah ibn umm Maktum (a blind man) to be one of the muezzins (caller to prayers)?
He was among the first to accept Islam and was greatly committed to Islam and the Prophet (saw). He enjoyed other important roles conferred on him by Rasul Allah (saw) who saw beyond his disability.
From across the globe, individual and groups are actively raising awareness about Autism this month. April marks the Autism Awareness month. It is an opportunity to educate and enlighten people all around.
For many families, loved ones, educators, health and social workers, it is very much a way of life. While for the rest, it could easily be a new phenomenon or something greatly misunderstood.
Autism awareness is everyday
Umm Juwayriyah, who along with her oldest daughter Juwayriyah wrote a children’s book about autism; Hind’s Hands – A Story About Autism, says ”Autism Awareness IS everyday” for parents, siblings and families of the Autistic.
She gave a very resounding advice, never to say ‘HAPPY AUTISM Awareness Month’. Read her action points on what you should do instead.
Jummai Muhammad, founder of The Farid centre in Minna, Nigeria is holding a Walk4Autism in April to increase awareness especially during this month. Her centre is concerned with the care, intervention, advocacy and rehabilitation of children with special needs.
She works in partnership with parents and caregivers to improve the quality of lives for special needs children and their families.
What is your own experience, if any, with autistic people?
- Do you know any autistic persons?
- What form of advocacy can you recommend for them?
- Do you know anything about their plight and special conditions?
- What ONE thing can you do/ start to help spread the awareness beyond this month?
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