My reason has transformed now that I am in a place of great acceptance and love of autism. I love sharing the ups and downs in order to be relatable and share with other families who may be in that overwhelmed and confused place, not knowing where to gain support. Social media is pretty incredible at connecting like-minded people, giving easy access to support and community. I also love being able to share resources, support and products which may better other people’s lives.
Do you believe Autism Awareness month is celebrated adequately? Why or why not? How can we celebrate it better?
I believe everyday people should be raising the awareness, acceptance, and inclusion surrounding autism. However, I don’t believe it’s great to have a month that is dedicated to education about autism and how we can all create an inclusive and adaptive society. I believe most people nowadays are aware of autism, it is more important that we now focus on the acceptance and inclusion of autism in society.
During this month (and every other month) we should be listening to neurodiverse people, sharing autistic work and businesses, highlighting the inequality and injustices for autistic people, and also celebrating the wonders of autism.
What is your vision for the autism space in 5-10 years?
EQUALITY! Equal rights, access and inclusion in society. Inclusive and accommodative practices being the norm for workplaces, community gatherings, events and businesses. Autism being celebrated instead of considered a ‘disorder’.
This month we encourage you to follow accounts like @aussieautismfamily @yellowladybugs_autism, @amazeautism and @awn_network.
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