Advocacy, Autism

Autism Acceptance Month

‘A couple of years ago, during the time I started this blog, every 2nd day of April is the World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD).   I am so excited to announce that our allies in the world are now shifting from autism awareness campaign to autism acceptance this year 2013. 

In line with this the Autism Acceptance Month Website was launched where Autism Acceptance is explained thoroughly it provides  fact sheets and resources about autism for autistic people, family members, educators, and the general public.  This site will also serve as a central location for posting and sharing information about autism acceptance-themed events occurring across the United State for the entire month (but everyone from anywhere in the world can join!)  I’m from the Philippines and I am part of the network.

You can also sign the  pledge that will look like this:

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I pledge to only attend, speak at or otherwise participate in autism panels, conferences and events that meaningfully involve Autistic people. I choose not to give my business or my time to settings that fail to include Autistic voices in conversations about autism.
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What is autism acceptance?

Autism acceptance means embracing and valuing autistic people as autistic people instead of being afraid of us, having low expectations, or trying to find a way to make us not autistic.

Why should I accept autistic people?
The Americans With Disabilities Act of says “disability is a natural part of the human experience.”  Autism is a natural part of the  human experience, and autistic people are members of our community, citizens, friends, family members, and fellow humans. Accepting autistic people is about honoring human diversity and making sure that everyone and is included, valued, and contributing in our society.  

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Why should I care about autism acceptance?
1 in 88 people are autistic. You  probably know an autistic person. Autism acceptance means you want us around.

 

What does acceptance look like?
Autism acceptance looks different  to different people in different contexts. At its heart, autism acceptance is about accepting autistic people, instead of being afraid of us, having low
April is Autism Acceptance Month. Acceptance is an action. expectations, or trying to find a way to make us not autistic. That might look like

  •  inclusive education
  • helping your child or your friend learn to use their AAC device
  • fighting stigma and stereotypes about autism and autistic people
  • hiring an autistic person to work for you at the same wage as a comparable non-autistic person
  • snapping your fingers instead of clapping for applause so your autistic coworker isn’t hurt by the noise
  • or making sure autistic people are included and respected in your community and that your community is accessible to us.

Acceptance is not passive tolerance.
Acceptance is an action.

Doesn’t acceptance mean no therapies, no education, no intervention, just letting my kid stay where they are forever? Isn’t acceptance passive?
No! Acceptance is not passive. Acceptance is an action. Acceptance means doing everything you can so that your autistic child will grow up into the best autistic adult they can be, supporting your autistic friends in a world that is not designed for us, and working to make our world a better, more inclusive, safer place for autistic people of all.

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That’s my daugher, she has Autism, from afar she looks like a perfect sweet beautiful average girl, but she’s not she’s very special, she has Autism!
I know people are already aware now, now is the time for acceptance and sign the  pledge.  I just want to share   I still can’t get over that past experience I had at an event I attended just recently ( event of a a clothing brand from Japan who launched their new game app event)  where this girl blogger gave my daughter a piercing look like what the hell is she doing here and why is she like that.  Have I no self control I would have poked that girls eye with the barbecue stick I was holding.

Those who have seen my daughter with me know she is very sweet and not distracting.  It was the first time a blogger gave my daughter this kind of look.   I don’t know this blogger in person it was my first time to see her.  Whoever you are I think you know who you are because you look me in the eye and look at my daughter with a very disgusting and piecing look from head-to-foot.  And we were seated behind you and you just have to turn your head a couple of times to look at us.

Yes, there are still ignorant people like her.

Anyway, I hope you will all join me into making this cause real.

Stay gorgeous everyone!

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You may want to read about Making The Rights Real For Persons with Autism .

 

 

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12 Comments

  1. Thank you for making the world more aware and for sharing your triumphs and struggles with us. I am sharing your page on my FB page. God Bless. PS. Visiting from http://www.heartofaphilanthropist.com If you want to do a guest post, please let me know. More people need to understand autism.

  2. jona

    nice!

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