Friday, March 18, 2016

Autism Acceptance Day 2016

This is the SIXTH year of Autism Acceptance Day and Month!!!! It seems like just yesterday when I had the idea for this. Since then, Autism Acceptance Day and Month have taken off. The projects, events, artworks, poetry readings, and other initiatives are making a dream come true for me- events in April that give Autistics and their family members and friends a significant focus on our lives as Autistics that is healthy, positive, and life-affirming. I won;t even mention the "alternative." It is my wish that Autism Acceptance Day provide a refuge from negativity, and a space where we can can be affirmed and empowered (as problematic as that word can be, I am not coming up with another right now).

This year's Facebook event, which brings together many people both Autistic and non-Autistic, and important links to events and happenings, is here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/215637048774719/

I will post links here on the original, if clunky, but totally historic (!), Autism Acceptance Day blog. I would like to collect all links to 2016 articles, videos, sites, etc., and simply link them on the blog. If anyone wants to help, let me know (comment here or send a PM on Facebook). I am dealing with a lot of stuff this April, and do not have a ton of time to do this. SO GLAD many other people are now involved in Autism Acceptance Day/Month initiatives! If you do not see your event, site, blog, or other Autism Acceptance Day/Month project here, let me know and I will link it.

Links for 2016 starting here, and I will add to them as I get them and have time: 

EVENTS, online and off:

Walk in Red 2016 https://www.facebook.com/events/474400102761154/ 
Autism Acceptance Month poetry event
Ed Wiley Autism Acceptance Lending Library
Autism Acceptance Walk (5th annual in 2016)

Websites and blogs:

http://autismacceptanceday.blogspot.com/

http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/
https://autloveaccept.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/autism-acceptance-month-events-2/ 
http://m.wikihow.com/Support-an-Autistic-Person-During-Autism-Awareness-Month

Historical stuff on AAD can be found on the "Facebook events and historical information" page on this blog.

I found this image from 2011. Image is a screen capture of the announcement for an Autism Women's Network (AWN) radio show held on April 1, 2011, the first Autism Acceptance Day.  The text  says: "Happy Autism Acceptance Day! Join AWN Radio's Tricia Kenney as she welcomes Paula C. Durbin-Westby for this special broadcast. Paula will be discussing the importance of acceptance and how it affects the lives of Autistic people."