Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Light it Up Blue

April 2, 2012

Today is "Light it Up Blue" for Autism Awareness Day. People are encouraged to wear blue in support for autism awareness and research. Thanks to all who did!!

 Not only is today Autism Awareness day, but this month is the official month for Autism Awareness.

New numbers have been released and there is now 1 in 88 diagnosed with Autism. These numbers are rising rapidly and with the proper treatment and the many amazing women and men (quite a few that I know personally) who have dedicated their lives to parenting, helping, serving, teaching, coaching and most of all just being there the lives of these children can be enriched dramatically!

In case you aren't sure what exactly Autism is I took this from The Autism Speaks website "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. They include autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art."

So what does this mean to me?! Well, I have been affected by Autism in my life. I have family members and friends with children who are Autistic. Also as I said above I am truly honored to have so many women in my life who have dedicated their lives to helping these individuals who are all over the spectrum. I realize how much patience, understanding and fight goes into every one of their days work and I respect that. These aren't "their" children... but they actually are "their" children.

I took the last 2 years of my graduate studies "bridging the gap" between Autism and Architecture. I wanted to do my part in researching Autism to see if there was anything that I could do to make the lives of the boys, girls, women and men who are affected in any way. The majority of my research was done studying adults and how architecture can act as a stimulant as well as layout of interior spaces, escape zones, site layout, views... everything down to the color the walls can be painted. Now, I realize... as just a mere Grad Student at BAC I wasnt going to get very far in pursuing my vision to a reality... but there will come a day when I will make a difference.

So heres why I say this. Do me a favor. When you see a child or an adult with a disability. Take a minute to look at your life before you pass judgement on them or the people that are with them. Some who are affected by Autism are very low functioning, some are in the middle and some are high... but none of them should be left behind. All should be integrated into society as well as they can be. Understand that just because they are different from you does not make them any less special. They are someones child, brother, sister, friend.... have a talk with one of them... I am sure they would like to be your friend too.

Here are some images of my Thesis Building... an Adult Community Center designed to integrate typical adults with adults with Autism.

2 Rounds
- Jog
- Side Jog
- 10 Squat Jumps
- 10 Ring Rows
- 10 HR Pushups
2 X 9 Fundamentals

WOD: Pyknic
10 Minute AMRAP
- 5 Burpees
- 10 SDHP (65 lbs)
- 15 Abmat Situps
(7 + 13 Rx)

Clean 3-3-3
(I personally am working on speed not strength per K's instruction)
75, 85, 95, 105, 105


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