April has a history of being a challenging month for Autistic people. With all the awareness campaigns which fail to include the very people they claim to support, well, it can be an onslaught of overwhelming haze parades.
Fast forward, and the past couple years have been easier to tolerate with the new initiatives like that of Paula C. Durbin-Westby’s Autism Acceptance Month. And this year our community has another fantastic contribution added by Autistic Self Advocacy Network with the launch of their Autism Acceptance Month website. Valuable contributions by Autistic people are moving to the fore front and our voices are being heard.
April was made a bit sweeter with Autism Women’s Network #AutismUpside campaign on Twitter. It proved to be a daily source of encouragement and Autistic solidarity. We’ve been able to keep our Twitter feeds maxed out with more upsides than the dreaded fear-based campaign posts. Check out the Storify review listing all the #AutismUpside tweets.
Now we come to the very last day of April, and there could be no more AUSOME of a way to say farewell to this month than to celebrate#AutismPositivity2013! The blog contributions have been fantastic. You can read the flashblog submissions here.