Earlier in the month it was here (below), but due to FB time limits on events, another one was started for the second half of the month.
It seemed like such a long time when we came up with that logo several years ago! This designated “International Decade” is half over, and the collective efforts of many Autistics, friends, family members and supporters of acceptance for Autistics and people with disabilities has made not only a dent, but a growing impact on the conversations about autism that take place in April and throughout the year. It is no longer appropriate to use rhetoric about “devastating disorder” and images of deficit as the primary attitude toward autism. This community of acceptance has had a lasting, not temporary effect.
Now, many other Autism Acceptance events and initiatives are taking place, including “Light It Up Gold,” “Walk in Red,” “Tone It Down Taupe” (colorful responses to the not-so-ubiquitous blue puzzle piece frenzy), ASAN’s http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/
and many others, some of which are listed below. All of these campaigns and events are pro-neurodiversity, pro-acceptance of Autistics. While other groups and organizations promote a hazy-at-best and hate-filled-at-worst sort of “awareness,” Autism Acceptance Day and Month initiatives are clear on one thing: we must be accepted and appreciated for who we are, not what we “could be,” not what we are “despite” our autism, not as a “damaged” subset of human beings.
Please consider joining one of these events instead of "lighting it up blue." The "awareness" campaigns, even when appropriating the language of acceptance, which they started doing almost immediately with no crediting of Autistics for creating this movement, are still focused on "specialness," "autism is not a disability" (? of course autism is a disability!) and cures.
Tone It Down Taupe during April (an especially brilliant way of criticizing the over-the-top focus of "awareness" campaigns!)
Let's chat about Autism Acceptance in Jewish Education #matanchat
Post cats during April instead.
Autism Acceptance Month Poetry Event
And a shout-out to Apple for going with Autism Acceptance instead of more "autism awareness." Apple links to a video of an Autistic young man named Dillan, who uses an iPad for language-based communication.
Emily Willingham writes about Apple here: Apple Goes Beyond Autism Awareness, Promotes Acceptance
Happy Autism Acceptance Day and Month!