I want to talk about Autism Acceptance again. I want to talk about Autism Acceptance because soon we will be, again, referred to as tragedies, burdens, afflictions. This will go on, more than usual, for the whole month of April.
April is the month chosen by non-autistics to raise “awareness” about our existence. But most of the conversation does not include us, autistics, and the outcomes of such conversations do not improve our lives.
Autism “Awareness” Month is a frustrating and sad month for Autistics, because it excludes us, while portraying us in a negative way.
It has become a “war cry” for advocacy organizations. But it has become damaging to us.
There are myths and misconceptions that get talked over and over without our voices to educate the public:
Second Annual Autism Acceptance Event Making a Difference!
Paula C. Durbin Westby is leading the way into a month which many autistic advocates dread. Why?
Written by Sharon daVanport
Most awareness campaigns have little to do with supports to benefit autistic adults, and it's become increasingly difficult for many self advocates to breathe through April's superficial autism frills. Is there anything to look forward to in the month of April?
Within the autism community, April has always been known for it's one buzz word, "awareness." Not anymore. Now you will see a new kind of confirmation which helps many in our community not feel the dread of the empty campaigns that hold little value toward helping autistics and their families. What is it? One word. ACCEPTANCE. On April 2nd, and continuing throughout the month of April, autistic advocates and their allies will be spending their time making a new kind of difference by communicating about acceptance, not tolerance and pro-neurodiversity.
AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH: NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US!
Written by Elesia Ashkenazy
To some, Autism Awareness Month might mean purchasing puzzle shaped cookies at local restaurants in order to support a cure for autism. For others, it might mean participating in walks, writing letters to legislators, screening an autism-focused movie, or connecting with community members to raise positive awareness. But there are many different kinds of awareness. When I polled several Autistic self-advocates by asking, "Do you feel anything is missing in the big picture of Autism Awareness? If so, what changes would you like to see?" this is what they had to say:
Alyson Bradley in Christchurch, New Zealand:
We need national recognition. This is a hard question for me because I have autistic, mental and intellectual differences.
AWN Radio, Workshops, and an Invitation Back to the White House
Autism Awareness Month
Today is the kick-off to what looks like a really busy month for the autism community. With that said, please let us know what you or your organization has planned for April, and we will add it to our announcements for our AWN Radio broadcasts throughout the month. Email us at: email@example.com.
We at Autism Women's Network have a busy month ahead, and we are excited to see April arrive in full bloom. First, AWN Radio will increase the number of broadcasts in order to highlight various events, community news, and authors throughout April.
Join us for a special show for Autism Acceptance Day! Paula C. Durbin-Westby will be with us discussing the importance of acceptance and how it affects the lives of autistic people. Paula is the Program Coordinator for the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) and was on a panel for the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC).
This day is significant because it is at the beginning of Autism Awareness Month and lets the world know that we need something much more powerful than just awareness...we need acceptance!