This post was originally published by Paula C. Durbin-Westby on the Autism Acceptance Day blog, at http://autismacceptanceday.blogspot.com/2013/04/autism-acceptance-day-celebrates-1000.html, and is reprinted here with permission from the author.
Autism Acceptance Day Celebrates 1000 Ausome Things! #AutismPositivity2013
Check out the many many links on The Autism Positivity Project’s links page for the 2013 event, which …Celebrates 1000 Ausome Things! #AutismPositivity2013
The most AUSOME thing I learned this April (today being the last “official” day for Autism “awareness” month, but not even the mid-point of International Autism Acceptance Decade 2010-2020, International Autism Acceptance Decade 2010-2020 is that there are now people who were diagnosed as adults, who have actually always known about Autism Acceptance events the entire time they were going through the process of diagnosis.
Some day, children and parents of children who are being evaluated for autism will have access to materials about Autism Acceptance, created by Autistics and our allies. Although there may be non-accepting things tagged as “acceptance,” we will have made enough impact that it will be much easier for families to find positive and accepting messages about autism. Those families will be able to learn about what our lives are like through initiatives such as the Autism Positivity Project and through writings like the Autism Acceptance Day blog interviews.
I would like to write much more about Ausome things, but I am working on getting many more interviews ready to be posted. Those interviews are each so Ausome, that, while I don’t have 1000 of them yet, they add important voices to discussions about autism and should be a “required reading” for people wanting to learn more about what life is like for some of us.