How being in nature helps us to not feel so overwhelmed

Just as a note, on this site I am posting not just about my project, but about things I find that catch my attention and relate to autism in general.

This, while not specifically about autism, really strikes me as worth posting.  There was an article in The Globe and Mail about our state of mind and getting back to nature.

It struck me because, in my experience, those who get overwhelmed easily, particularly those on the autism spectrum, get so overwhelmed because of the way our modern society is set up.  It is set up in an overstimulating way, as everything begs to grab out attention.  Getting back to nature, even just for a short walk, literally uses our attention in a gentler way – not grabbing it, but moving it in a more relaxed direction.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/fitness/why-is-walking-in-the-woods-so-good-for-you/article4209703/

April 2nd is World Autism Day

Photo: CARE/David Rochkind, Design: Kim Conger

Today, April 2nd, marks the fifth anniverary of the date declared World Autism Awareness Day by the United Nations.  The Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s message for 2012 can be read here.

The day recognizes those on the spectrum, and is a time for us all to help spread awareness, especially in those situations that have led to discrimination.  The same year as the first World Autism Awareness Day, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force, which affirms the need for universal human rights for all.

Below I’ve included a couple links to other articles about World Autism Day and autism in general:

5 Things: World Autism Day – Global Edmonton

Autism can be an ‘advantage,’ says researcher – msnbc

Autism More Common in Tech-Heavy Centers – MyHealthNewsDaily