Spectrum of Voices

Navigating Festivals for Neurodivergents: Tips for a Sensory-Friendly Experience

estive occasions are vibrant celebrations that engage the senses, from colorful decorations to the sounds of chanting and the aroma of traditional foods. However, for individuals who are neurodivergent – such as those with autism, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, or other neurodevelopmental conditions – attending these celebrations can present unique challenges. Navigating crowded spaces, loud noises, and unfamiliar sensory stimuli can be overwhelming. With some careful planning and consideration, individuals and families can enjoy festivals while accommodating their sensory needs.

Adakah Sambutan Hari Orang Kurang Upaya Membawa Sebarang Faedah kepada Komuniti Orang Kurang Upaya?

Setiap tahun kita meraikan beberapa hari ketidakupayaan, selalunya dengan penglibatan Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat (KPWKM), Kementerian Kesihatan (KKM) dan, kadang kala, Kementerian Pendidikan (KPM). Baru-baru ini, kita telah menyambut Hari Kesedaran Autisme Sedunia (2 April). Pada bulan Mac, kami menyambut Hari Sindrom Down Sedunia (21 Mac). Juga diraikan adalah Hari Orang Kurang Upaya Sedunia (3 Disember), Hari Palsi Serebrum Sedunia (6 Oktober), Minggu Kurang Upaya Halimunan (Invisible Disabilities Week) (17–23 Oktober) dan banyak lagi.

Symbols, Colours & Themes: World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day 2024

All these matter as we commemorate international observances. Gone are the days when the puzzle piece represented the autistic community. Granted, back in the day, people with autism were seen as puzzles. We are quite fortunate that we live in a world where we now have autistic self-advocates telling us, they are not puzzles to be solved and how it is a spectrum and no two autistics are alike.