Autism speaks, A well-known, big Autism organization promotes “light it up blue” during April. Autism is supposedly more prevalent in males. But, it does not mean that Autistic females do not exist. Everything blue, blue, blue. Blue buildings, blue shirts, blue socks, blue cookies, etc.
What if instead of lighting it up blue we lighted it up pink and blue? Or if we lighted it up rainbow to symbolize both male and female Autistic people? We need to consider this. Autistic females have the same struggles as males. We struggle with things such as communication, sensory issues, literal thinking, managing emotions, anxiety, depression, etc.
We exist, you may not see us, but we exist. I struggled as an Autistic female until I was diagnosed a couple years ago. I was bullied, excluded, lacked social skills, and I had sensory issues. I never fit into the “social circles”. I still struggle with many things today.
So please, pay attention to both Autistic males and females. Instead of lighting it up blue, please use rainbow colors, pink, or red to symbolize both genders. We need to stop “Lighting it up blue”. Autism speaks may be improving with their change of not seeking a “cure” for Autism. But, “Lighting it up blue” does not help Autistic females.