very good post outlining what is wrong with awareness and light it up blue and suggesting what you could do instead. the only thing id like to add is that i do not feel anyone would need to be “aware” of all the boring nitty gritty unknown disagreeing details about the spectrum to accept me. awareness is work, just accepting i dont like onion is much less energy consuming. 🙂 go read this
The previous post in this series, “Functioning Labels 101: What’s The Big Deal?” can be found here. Once I’ve established that I actually will write a regular series of these posts and not just abandon the idea, I’ll create a tag.
Today, 2nd April, is the UN’s annual World Autism Awareness Day; by extension, the whole of April is Autism Awareness Month – or, as you may have heard it being called by autistic activists and our allies, Autism Acceptance Month. You may also have noticed that many autistic people have reacted against certain “Autism Awareness” campaigns. So, what are the problems with Autism Awareness Month as it currently stands? Why “acceptance”? What can you do this April to help autistic people in a meaningful way? Welcome to Autism Acceptance 101.
Surely more autism awareness can only be a good thing?
Not if the only things being brought to…
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