By Rusty Hornig-Rohan, Database and Spreadsheets Manager at the Global Autism
I feel that it is important for people with autism to have friends and get involved in social events so that they can meet like minded-individuals with whom they share common interests. People with autism should have friends so that way they are not spending too much time alone. People with autism should get involved in social events so that they can get other people involved in Project: Acceptance Campaigns.
People with autism should have friends so that they can improve on their social interactions and be more eclectic and less pedantic by having broader interests in several things as opposed to interests in limited things. People with autism should have friends so that they can have healthy relationships with other people and no unhealthy relationships at all. Social Events can help people with autism outreach to other people with autism in developing countries and in poor, underdeveloped countries.
Friendships mean a lot for people on the autism spectrum because they develop mutual understandings of each other’s strengths and limitations. Social events mean a lot for people with autism because they could end up exchanging emails and phone numbers with other people who might want to hang out with them later on in the future and see if the people they meet like each other as friends or more than friends. Friends can help people with autism defeat their repetitive and restricted interests. Luckily in this day and age, reaching out and meeting people on the spectrum is becoming easier to do by the day, there are a multitude of sites dedicated to helping people on the spectrum reach out and establish the relationships they need, for example, specialbridge.com.
Social Events for people with autism include World Autism Awareness Day, Project: Acceptance, and other events help raise advocacy, awareness, and acceptance for individuals with autism all around the world in countries that are developed as well as in countries that are poor and underdeveloped. In Social Events, people with autism get to develop close friendships with people who also want to set realistic and achievable goals (like seeing all 60 national parks in the United States and its territories, example) as well as with people who are interested in developing fluencies and proficiencies in different languages so that they can defeat the language barriers whenever they are traveling abroad.
People with autism develop friendships either at home or at school or at work or at company-sponsored events. People with autism start to become friends with people with whom they share common interests and spend time in the community doing different things like going to the movies, swimming, etc. I feel that all people with autism should have native abilities to make friends that exist at birth instead of learning how to make friends through speech therapists, behavior therapists, occupational therapists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers.
Annual social events for people with autism always have different themes each year like empowering women with autism, autism and employment, etc. All the annual social events for people with autism allow the individuals who are on the autism spectrum to have mutual connections with other people who might also be on the autism spectrum. The social events allow for people with autism to be integrated into mainstream society and accepted for who they are.
Social events really help people with autism make great friendships with other people who are not resistant to varieties and to travel with the other people to places that they have never even seen. People with autism should have friendships that last for their entire lives not just for individual time periods (six months, one year, two years). All social events should get every company, organization, college, university, middle school, preschool, elementary school, high school, and national park involved with Project: Acceptance so should that all of these places can do Project: Autism Acceptance and other autism donor campaigns year-round instead of just once a year or once a month.