October, for what its worth, is Autism Awareness Month in Canada. You will probably see performances by persons with Asperger's or high functioning Autism. There will be wonderful success stories and accomplishments shared to give parents hope, in many cases false hope, about their child's future.
There will be little mention, if any, of the persons who suffer from severe, low functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder. There will probably be little about such serious issues as sensory challenges, self injurious behaviors, meltdown, wandering resulting in injury and death, seizures and other challenges common to persons with autism disorders. You probably will not be told that the World Health Organization estimates that approximately 50% of persons with an autism disorder also have an intellectual disability. Nor will you learn that approximately 40% of those on the low functioning, severe end of the autism spectrum will also suffer from epileptic seizures.
2 sides of Conor: his joyful personality and his autism disorder
Above Conor and Mom enjoy a walk at Halls Harbour Nova Scotia
Below Conor engages abruptly in self injurious behavior hitting his head
You will probably see lots of walks and parades and fun events "to support autism" whatever that means. There will be lots of feel good stories but you probably won't even hear that autism is ...... gasp ..... a disorder, a neurological disorder.
Autism awareness in Canada, like the US April version, is little more than a month of feel good cliches and buzz words about the joys of autism and stories. There will probably be few mentions of harsh realities like the information provided in the 2007 report of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Management of Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: