April is "Autism Awareness Month". Some prefer to call it "Autism Acceptance Month". I like that, but acceptance won't happen without awareness, and unfortunately, the most vocal on the subject tend to be NeuroTypicals (NTs) talking about us, without us, for their own agendas; this usually means that what gets presented in the media is at best, ignorant, at worst, calculated propaganda to incite fear and/or hate.
I have not written much for a long while, so in an effort to make it more habitual, I am using this month as a springboard. I will try to make at least one post each day this month on Autism, it might be a long post, or it might be nothing more than a link to something by someone else. If I can manage my spoons, I may post something 'off topic' as well... I dunno... our pets, fanfic related, whatever. Hopefully, I will find it easier to be more active about posting after April is over with.
PS: Please do NOT donate to "Autism Speaks". I will write, or find a link, about why, and will find some other groups people can donate to instead, in an upcoming post.
My first two links for Autism Awareness month:
ThAutcast: Aspergers and Autism Community on FacebookSeveral of my autistic friends are expressing anxiety about the fact that April begins tomorrow.
We know we will be the subject of month-long focus on what a problem we are.
We know that there will be many news stories about the research breakthroughs that promise to get rid of us.
We know people will talk for a month about how we are bankrupting our countries and ruining the lives of our families.
And then they will check "autism" off of their list of causes and forget about it until next year.
Autism Awareness hurts.https://www.facebook.com/thautcast/posts/891874334203511?fref=nf&pnref=story
The Depiction of Autism and Why it Matters
by: Ariane Zurcher (Mother of an Autistic daughter)
...As someone who once devoured anything on the subject of autism through the lens of ignorance and as a result was paralyzed with the fear these depictions induced, I am aware of the underlying emotional manipulation that is often so obviously being employed. It is propaganda, whether intentional or not, biased, deeply prejudiced and intended to create fear. And it is doing tremendous damage to autistics and to all of our autistic children who will soon grow up to be autistic adults. These types of imagery perpetuate the marginalization and unfortunate stereotyping of people on the spectrum....http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ariane-zurcher/autism-media_b_1559993.html?ref=healthy-living