April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day to celebrate people with autism, their families and caregivers, and to raise awareness about the rights of children and adults with autism.
Thousands of Canadians have autism and contribute to our communities every day, yet much is still misunderstood about this condition. Autism, also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological condition that affects people’s behavioural and social interactions, learning preferences, and ways of processing sensory information.
OPSEU/SEFPO members working in many areas of public service, including education and developmental services, provide support to children and adults with autism. They help children and adults on the spectrum daily, helping them to learn in our schools and providing specialized services to them in agencies and health care centres across Ontario.
With the guidance of autism service workers, and the support of their families and caregivers, people with autism can live full lives and participate in society in meaningful ways. They deserve to live free from discrimination in all aspects of their lives, and OPSEU/SEFPO commits to always be an ally in their fight for equitable treatment.
OPSEU/SEFPO members are shining a light on autism and we encourage everyone to wear blue in support of Autism Awareness.
Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer