Autism awareness month is almost upon us. The inevitable posts encouraging people to light it up blue, gold, multi – colored and more have become plentiful. In my opinion, a color does not signify autism acceptance. Without action attached to the colored puzzle piece or ribbon it is merely a color.
The definition of the word awareness is defined as “Awareness is the ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns. In this level of consciousness, sense data can be confirmed by an observer without necessarily implying understanding. More broadly, it is the state or quality of being aware of something.” (Wikipedia encyclopedia)
Lighting it up blue, gold, multicolored, or green with zigzag imprints for that matter is not indicative of awareness. Awareness is merely the beginning of a process towards understanding. Individuals may witness the empire state building lit up…
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