6 April, 2016
An article by AAT’s founder, Dr Adrian Atttard Trevisan, was published by the Times of Malta on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day.
In his article, Dr Attard Trevisan said awareness was very important, however it was time for greater understanding and action.
“Thanks to initiatives like World Autism Awareness Day, many people are aware of autism, but the sad reality is that very few really know what living with autism means. Individuals with autism face lack of understanding and discrimination daily, further adding to the challenges in their day-to-day lives,” he wrote.
“For many parents and carers, April 2 is not a day of celebration. It is a stark reminder of the disruptive condition their child has, and the suffering they have to live with for the rest of their life.
“Yes, awareness is important. By being aware, we can understand. We can empathise. We can restrain our judgments. We can attempt to be helpful. We can learn. We can teach others what we know.
This is a good start but it is not enough. Acceptance is the goal.”
You can read the full article here.