OASIS is a friendly charity run by parents for parents/carers who are bringing up children/young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder or related conditions such as Global Developmental Delay or Sensory Processing Disorder in Oxfordshire.
Click on the name of the charity to access its webpage.
Daanyaal and Zahrah in Year 6 spoke, eloquently and bravely, to KS2 about living with Autism during an assembly during Autism Awareness Week. This is what they had to share with us.
My name is Daanyaal.
This week is Autism Awareness week and April is World Autism month. Today I am going to expalin a little bit about autism and how it feels.
I was diagnosed with autism when I was three years old. Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people - FACT. Over 700,000 people in the UK are autistic, which means 2.8 million people have a relative on the autistic spectrum. It's a lifelong condition and it affects both boys and girls.
With autism I can struggle with these things: Behaviour, Socialising and communication. I suffer with anxiety every day at school and at home. It feels like sometimes my friends won't understand me because of my fast talking and they think I talk gibberish - but it's just my fast talking.
I can get upset easily if I am not understood. I might bite my nails because I am anxious. This is a coping mechanism for me.
Everyone of us is different in our own way.
Accept each other and be kind. I just wanted you all to know what autism means, how it feels and about my childhood.
Hi I'm Zahrah
I am going to talk about autism from a sibling's point of view.
My brother is amazing....but not all of the time. His brain works differently to mine. He has amazing skills that can go unappreciated. My brother has autism.
I have had a very unique life growing up. My brother, my twin Daanyaal, always had needs that were more important than mine. No day was the same and I had to grow up quicker - but we were the same age! Life seemed so unfair. It could be stressful and it's definitely chaotic.
I had to deal with lots of emotions and anxieties that wouldn't ordinarily affect someone of my age. Disability open up your eyes to another world. People fear what they don't understand. Understanding is the key to acceptance.
I am lucky enough to say I have an autistic brother and I wouldn't change him for the world.