Friday, March 2, 2012

Autism Acceptance Day- Things That Are Awesome!

Autism Acceptance Day has been added as a cause to be considered for funding as part of a public policy initiative by the University of Maryland School of Public Policy . Please vote for Autism Acceptance Day! This event is growing and has no funding source. If we win, funding will be used to promote positive images of autism, including the Autism Acceptance Day website (under construction) and other autism acceptance materials and outreach. The focus is *specifically* acceptance of autism and Autistics as we are.

Click the 'Like' button on the Things That are Awesome Facebook Page at this link:

and vote by clicking the checkbox beside Autism Acceptance Day at this link:

If you don't see Autism Acceptance Day as one of the causes listed please click on the words  beneath the question box.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Why Do We Have So Many "Autism Days?"

Autistic Pride Day and Autistics Speaking Day, as well as Autism Acceptance Day, are initiatives that have come from the Autistic Community. Often other days, such as "autism awareness day," or other disability-focused days, are more focused on "curing an epidemic" and that sort of thing, which is why these events began. Autism Acceptance Day is a corrective to "business as usual" in April, which make many Autistic people cringe for the whole month. Autistic Pride Day is June 18 and was started by Aspies for Freedom. And Autistics Speaking Day is November , started by Corinna Becker and Kathryn Bjornstad, and was a response to a "Communication Shutdown" that was supposed to show "what it's like to be Autistic" by people voluntarily going offline all day (there are lots of problems with that concept!). These three dates as well as Autreat (put on by Autism Network International (ANI), and I think Autscape, as well as Autistic-run meetups like AAGW (Asperger Adults of Greater Washington (DC, USA), are initiatives coming out of our community that non-Autistic people can join but not take over to promote businesses, cures, treatments, interventions, etc. that are usually are given a lot of attention and airplay in April.

I am thinking of these three- Autism Acceptance Day, Autistics Speaking Day, and Autistic Pride Day, as community holidays, but that have also a serious focus and mission.