This year there was an outbreak of Measles in the UK. Many people did not get the MMR jab that protects you from Measles so this was starting to spread. I overheard girls talking on my table in a lesson and one said they hadn’t been vacinated as a child. She simply replied that her parents didn’t want her to be autistic.
No I know some people may think what on earth does Measles have to do with Autism. Well in the early 2000’s a scientist said that the MMR vaccine was causing children to become autistic because children in the UK get the vaccine at the same time when most children get diagnosed with Autism. Many parents refused to get their children vaccinated as they didn’t want them to become autistic. Both me and my sister were given the vaccines when we were supposed to have them as children as my mum thought it was worth the risk.
The MMR jab protects children against measles, mumps and rubella and just two injections as a child protect you for life. For a child to get meales, mumps or rubella is hard. They are highly infectious, serious and can be fatal. I don’t understand why Autism is so bad that they would risk all that so their child wouldn’t have autism. It’s once again down to the lack of awareness surrounding Autism. Some of the most amazing people I know have autism and I’d never want them to change.
Please if you’ve not had your child or you yourself have been immunized, then get it. There is no proof that the MMR jab causes Autism.
I recently saw a video that my friend made a while back. She interviewed 3 workers at the Autistic Spectrum Inclusion Project and 4 young people with AS. One of the young people interviewed was me. I remember doing the interview with my friend about 2 years ago. Sadly the club were this was filmed and is spoken about often in the video closed down in august. I was there when Sam was filming Jess and Becky’s interviews but this is the first time I’ve seen it in full. Sam told me this is the proudest thing she has done and I think it should be, this is amazing. I hope we have managed help anyone who watches this video.
Please watch it and let Sam know what you think of it, because she worked exceptional hard on this.
When I was 14 I was told I had Aspergers a form of Autsim, since they people make assumptions and judge you. This is the 5 things I wish people knew about Autism and Aspergers
1) You can’t see it, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not their.
2) I’m not a robot. Just because I’ve got autism doesn’t mean I don’t have emotions. I get said, I love, I get happy.
3) I’m not broken I don’t need to be fixed.
4) Autism or Aspergers doesn’t define me. I have autism but autism doesn’t have me.
5) Individuals with autism are individuals, just because we have autism doesn’t mean where all the same.
When girls found out I had Asperger’s Syndrome, they would ask what is it? I’d tell them it was a part of the autistic spectrum. To which they would stare back at me with even more confusion on their face. No pupil in school has ever known what autism was without me explaining it to them.
But they all have known what AIDS, diabetes and cancer are.
Yet more children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined.
How come most people have heard about AIDS, diabetes and cancer. Yet barely anyone knows about autism. I just get annoyed I mean to get me wrong I feel lucky that I don’t have AIDS, diabetes or cancer. But I get upset that I don’t get supported and I am sick of people being horrible to me just because they don’t know about Aspergers.
There needs to be more awareness and fundraising to help people with autism and their family.