“Awareness is deciding something is worth your time and attention. It is not necessarily good. Real awareness needs to be balanced.” ~ Emma Zurcher-Long
I asked Emma whether she wanted to write something about autism awareness since April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day, designated by the UN in 1989. Emma wrote,
“Autism awareness really does me very little. It is not honoring or making my life easier. So many believe I am unintelligent even though I write well. Until they see me writing, it is not what they assume. What good is awareness if it doesn’t tell people the truth?”
Ariane: “What is the truth?”
“The truth is, so much of what we perceive compared to another, isn’t known. People see me, but don’t understand what they are seeing. I want people to know what it is like to have smart thoughts, but not be able to prove it.
“No one wants to be treated with impatience. I am happy when people are aware of how bright I am. Maybe they have a special light bulb for that. Shine some awareness on those of us who can’t talk the way we think.”