It’s nearing Autism Awareness day with Autism speaks. But, what do we really want to see happen on Autism Awareness day 2017? Here are 10 things that I want to see happen on Autism Awareness day 2017
- No criticizing of stimming
I really want to see this happen, because stimming is so important for Autistic people. I want to see Autistic people be able to stim in whatever way they want (as long as it is not self-harming) such as hand flapping, rocking, spinning, humming, etc. Stim freely!!
- Sensory friendly places and events
A lot of Autistic people have sensory issues. Sensory friendly places and events would help us Autistic’s enjoy doing things, without the pain of sensory overload. If Neurotypicals could reduce things such as bright light and noise, Autistic people would do much better.
- Acceptance, Acceptance, Acceptance!!!!!!
Acceptance is so important!! On Autism Awareness day, I would like to see more acceptance towards Autistic people. Acceptance makes Autistic people feel valued, and positive. Criticism and ableism makes Autistic people feel un-valued, and lowers self-esteem.
- Positive images of Autism
Instead of saying “Autism ruins families!” and “Autism is worse than cancer!” and “We need to cure Autism NOW!” we need more positive images of Autism such as Autistic people with jobs, Autistic people with families, and SI’s (Special interests). We need to look at the positives, and not just the negatives.
Inclusion, Autistic people need to be included in activities and events. I would like to see Autistic people to be included in different activities and events on Autism awareness day, even if the person is non-verbal. Inclusion helps Autistic people feel valued and accepted.
6. Recognizing that both Girls and boys have Autism
Autistic females are often not recognized as much as Autistic males. I believe there should be more attention brought to this as many Autistic females need help. I also think that different colors should be used to represent Autistic females and Autistic males. Autism Speaks “lighting it up blue” ignores Autistic females
I am hoping that these things will happen on Autism Awareness day 2017, it is time to have both Awareness and Acceptance for Autistic people.