Averi Fister, a graduate of the Postsecondary Access and Training in Human Services (PATHS) Program at Texas A&M who has Asperger syndrome, stated that obstacles have been introduced resulting from her incapacity that she needed to overcome at a younger age.
“I have Aspergers, it got miscategorized as ADHD for a while but it is on the autism spectrum. Because of this I was moved to other classes… I was in behavioral problem classes where they shoved other kids who had behavioral issues and that really stunted me a lot when I was a kid. It caused a lot of problems that I’ve had to overcome.”
Fister famous that this state of affairs is widespread for a lot of college students with disabilities, and that with awareness comes understanding.
“I think that Autism as a whole—the whole spectrum—is still fairly misunderstood and awareness for something is never a bad thing,” Fister stated. “I would let [students on the spectrum] know that it’s fine. You’re not busted. There is nothing wrong with you. You don’t need to be fixed at all.”
Jeni Ganz, professor of particular schooling and academic psychology, has been working with college students with particular wants since 1996 and stated that in her expertise and analysis she has seen conduct that contradicts widespread misconceptions.
”Because it’s primarily a social communication dysfunction individuals typically assume that people with autism usually are not affectionate or loving and that isn’t true. I do know most of the youngsters and adults I work with exhibit this via their conduct.”
Layla Shahhosseini, college research junior and recruitment chair of Autism Speaks U, an autism awareness group at A&M, stated that she turned concerned as a result of her brother is autistic and she or he noticed the struggles he goes by means of.
“A lot of people just don’t understand them and it’s very hard when they either just straight up ignore them or shut them out,” Shahhosseini stated. “It’s just not the respect that humans should be treated with and that has also driven me to be a part of [Autism Speaks U].”
Shahhosseini stated that awareness and motion are mandatory to deal with and scale back misconceptions.
“A huge misconception is that people don’t think that [people with autism] can see and understand how you are treating them when they definitely can,” Shahhosseini stated. “It is super important that people are aware of what autism is, how students with autism are affected and how we can better their lives by just being friendly and making their environment a welcoming place.”
Ganz stated that awareness alone shouldn’t be sufficient to fight misconceptions, however when paired with studying alternatives and interplay awareness can result in understanding.
“I don’t know that I think awareness in itself is that helpful. I think if people are made aware and then take advantage of opportunities to learn more about people with autism then I think that is useful… If something can inspire them to get to know people with autism and understand them a little better then that is the best outcome.”
Fister stated that one of many take-aways that she hopes college students have gained from Autism Awareness Month is noting that every individual on the spectrum has their very own legitimate struggles.
“Something that somebody tells me a lot is ‘Oh you’re so high-functioning I almost don’t think you’re autistic.’ When inside it feels like I am keeping a dingy together with duct tape and a single oar. It’s a lot of work keeping yourself together, so understand what people are going through,” Fister stated. “Your struggles are still valid.”