Sunday, 6 April 2014

International day of...

Is it just me or has everyday of the year been assigned to celebrating or raising awareness of something? World this day. International that day.  Is there a group of people somewhere charged with deciding which cause goes with what day? And which ones have to make do with being an International while others get to be a (whole) World day. Also is it a new phenomenon or has social media simply brought it closer to the forefront of our social consciousness?

And let's be honest. It's starting to get a little silly isn't it? I mean, how long before there's a World Selfie Day? Surely it's only a matter of time? Or has that already happened? Probably while I wasn't watching. Too busy taking a picture of myself in a mirror perhaps?

But don't get me wrong. In essence it's a good thing and there are lots of days dedicated to good causes like World Cleavage Day and International Pillow Fight Day (which was yesterday and I wrote about here). But no, seriously there are lots of days aimed at raising awareness about illnesses, disorders and injustices such as International Women's Day, World Book Day and (the very badly named) World Cancer Day. Surely that can only be a good thing?

A couple of weeks ago it was brought to my attention that it was both World Poetry Day and World Down Syndrome Day (on the same day). Which was the perfect opportunity to (very egocentrically) post my poem 'To Anthony Or the day I watched an 18 year old boy with Down Syndrome give birth on the living room floor' onto facebook (you can read the poem here). 

And that brings me to last Wednesday. World Autism Awareness Day. I've done a lot of work with young people with Autism over the last few years and I hope that through my teaching of writing, drama and swimming (once I'm fully qualified) I will continue to do so because I have met so many wonderful young people who have ASD. 

Here's a little poem I wrote a couple of years ago. It's about a young man with epilepsy who although hadn't been officially diagnosed with being on the Autistic spectrum, definitely displayed a lot of the associated behaviours.

Ps. I wonder when World Swimming Day 2014 is? No doubt on one of the few days I don't swim haha. Or maybe I've already missed it?

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