Thursday, January 5, 2012

Autism Acceptance Day 2012

The Autism Acceptance Day blog, Facebook event, and group are open again for this year. April 1, 2012 will be the second annual Autism Acceptance Day. This group was started as a response to the often depressing hype about "devastating disorders" and "alarming rate of increase" in autism promoted by big-name autism organizations and the media. This year we will be posting blog entries on the topic of Autism Acceptance. Please submit blog entries to pdurbinwestby @ gmail . com (until I get a form set up for this site). I am looking forward to the event and blog entries, which are important for promoting the kind of Autism awareness that really matters- one that treats Autistic people as human beings, with dignity and respect, not negativity and misinformation.

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1 comment:

  1. (Posting this for Ian Ford, because I forgot to reset the comments to "allow comments.")


    True acceptance of autism requires understanding that people have different needs and we can't be reduced to a simple spectrum of mild-to-severe. It isn't acceptance if you only accept people up to a certain point on a line of increasing disability, and the people who are beyond that point aren't acceptable. Acceptance means accepting everyone.

    Gaining acceptance doesn't mean we stay the same. We are all on a journey of growth and change. Acceptance does NOT mean putting an end to a person's development. True acceptance is both acceptance of who we are now and of who we may become.

    How far does your acceptance go? What about those of us with very intensive needs? In the blog post linked below, I argue that a person's actual needs are not always as they appear, and autistic people do not always have as many needs as are commonly assumed. In fact, society's outliers have FEWER of some kinds of needs than the majority. Enjoy:

    Contributed for autism acceptance day 2012 by Ian Ford (author of A Field Guide to Earthlings: an autistic/Asperger view of neurotypical behavior, available here:


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