Autism Spectrum Disorder – More Common Than You Think. Autism Spectrum Disorder 2.21% Are Adults. According to the CDC an estimated 5,437,988 (2.21%) adults in the United States have ASD.
I had the opportunity to watch a world premiere play entitled, “Is It Thursday Yet?” How do you explain to strangers how you perceive the world using the language of dance? Jenn Freeman, created, choreographed, and performed this captivating and creative performance that fuses dance, music, and video to bring audiences on her journey of past and present self-discovery after she was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 33.
Autism Spectrum Disorder – More Common Than You Think
If you’ve spent time with a child or an adult with Asperger’s, you’ve probably noticed they react differently to the world. He or she may exhibit these signs:
- Avoiding eye contact
- Sensitivity to light, noise or temperature
- Sleep problems
- Getting upset with a change in routine
- An intense or overly focused interest in a specific topic
- Difficulty holding a conversation
- Facial expressions or gestures that don’t match the situation
- Not adhering to social norms
- Not listening to or looking at people
- Repeating words or behaviors
Social anxiety is prevalent among ASD individuals. Jenn Freeman states she overcomes her social anxiety and other interpersonal challenges through dance. I commend her for her courage in performing in front of large audiences. Her performance and information about ASD and her personal challenges were incorporated into the play educated many who are not aware of ASD.
It was refreshing to be among the audience who embraced autism. Autism is receiving much awareness. Organizations like Autism Speaks focuses on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support.
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