COVID-19 Series

Concentrating On COVID: Pros and Cons

As we are nearing a year anniversary of being under the pandemic, many I know are hitting a wall. It is when we are just tired. Tired of daunting the PPE, tired of following additional rules, just plain tired of everything. We, as in everyone want to be back to the way things were, so we can be happier and see a better time ahead.

Whilst many people do have to daunt the PPE and become tired in doing so, they have to remember that there are still individuals than cannot return to normalcy by having places closed or having services delivered another way, I get it, we as autistics can be tired of the sudden changes this presents with roving closures and sudden changes and while for many autistics this adapting to change isn’t our strong suit, by having to likely is teaching us a life lesson in doing so,

I have been very fortunate to have an almost return to normal situation. COVID has introduced us to the advancements of technology in service and educational delivery and while there is a mixed opinion on how people, including autistics benefit. I personally have to admit that it does well for me, but again I long for that personal one on one connection with others that you don’t experience via a computer screen as many are experiencing.

Everyone, including autistics learn differently, that is why it is a spectrum of how it works. What works for one autistic will likely not work for the other and while autism is a spectrum disorder, depending on the autistic’s comprehension, skillset, so forth they may not have the ability to utilize technology that individuals such as myself may be able to. This is why in the pandemic continuity of service delivery there has to be options on how services and education are delivered to individuals. Thee is no “one size fits all” in autistics.

We as autistics want to be able to do things like we once did without being in fear of contracting the virus. While many jurisdictions have the provisions of having mask wearing exemptions for individuals with sensory impairments, establishment policies override government orders sadly. This can cause additional meltdowns in autistics if not received by bystanders in the right manner will have a negatived outcome. Yes, I get ii, we are nearly a year in the pandemic and many still live in fear, including myself. However, we as an autistic community have to be cognizant of others needs when sensory-related needs come into play. That is part of acceptance and awareness. What may work for you may not work for another autistic.

As far as vaccinations go, I wish that for jurisdictions across the board that autistics were given more of a priority on the list. Whilst some may have reservations in having a vaccine, we must be open to those that want to go this route. However, I wish there was a specific category for individuals with autism to have a priority. Some jurisdictions have included intellectual / developmental disability as part of that group and while many autistics have other underlying health issues that qualify them for vaccination there is still a population of autistics that don’t fit the other checkboxes as autistics often don’t fit in just one checkbox. However, in many autistics, we don’t necessarily fit in one checkbox, we rarely do. It is just likely that we are not are only living in fear, but many want that extra layer of protection to be safe and return to normal life down the road sooner. By doing so, this also provides an avenue in reaching herd immunity in faster speed.

Here’s to a better month my followers.

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