The Best Ways You Can Support Autism Awareness

by Beverly Barnes

Supporting autism awareness is a broad action that can mean educating yourself, promoting inclusion, research, and building support networks. Z Living’s series I Beat The Odds looks at the true story of a boy named Quinn Riley who diagnosed with autism at a young age, and how his mother Holly explored a number of alternative treatments to help him deal with his symptoms. 

Check out stories about alternative medicine, and life-changing diagnoses on I Beat The Odds, on Fridays at 8 PM. Find out where to tune in here

For those who want to know the best ways to support autism awareness, there are several different things you can do. There are a ton of resources for autism support networks, treatments, research, and communities. On I Beat The Odds, Holly and her husbands’ own research pointed them to dietary changes and medicines that seemed to help in Quinn’s particular case. It’s always tough, but there’s a lot out there. 

One Of The Best Places To Start Is Autism Society

For most people looking to learn more about autism, the Autism Society is the perfect place to start. The website is phenomenal, and has tons of information on what autism is, how to live with autism, and how to get involved in supporting autism awareness. 

Just the 'Get Involved' section of the Autism Society site has links to databases where you can search autism-related services nationwide, find local affiliates of the Autism Society, set up action alerts for social movements, and find events, classes, and so much more. 

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Here Are Some More Specific Ways To Support Autism Awareness: 

What Is Autism? 

Whether someone in your life might have autism, or you just want to get involved to support the cause, you should start with the question, What Is Autism? 

Another great organization named Autism Speaks has a great definition that reads, “Autism, or autism spectrum disorder refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication, as well as by unique strengths and differences.” Learn more about what autism is here

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When To Take Action

Autism Speaks also has a great guide called “From First Concern To Action,” which can help adults who think they might have autism, and parents who think their child may have autism. A step-by-step breakdown shows you how to recognize the signs of autism, how to set up a screening for autism, and access services. 

Some possible signs of autism at any age that Autism Speaks' lists include: 

  • Avoids eye contact and prefers to be alone
  • Struggles with understanding other people’s feelings
  • Remains nonverbal or has delayed language development
  • Repeats words or phrases over and over (echolalia)

For those who are looking to take action in a more social way, and simply support general autism awareness, there are tons of organizations and communities to get involved with through Autism Speaks and Autism Society. Some examples include volunteering at fundraisers, attending autism awareness walks, and supporting global education. 

Alternative Treatments For Autism

The Riley family from I Beat The Odds sought alternative treatments for autism to help their son Quinn deal with his symptoms. The show is filled with examples of why looking to holistic or alternative treatments for anything can be worthwhile. The Rileys focused on Quinn’s diet and digestive system mostly. For those who’d like to explore these concepts, Parenting has an excellent breakdown of the most well-known alternative treatments for autism

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