On April 1, 2020, NeuroClastic, Inc. is joining with advocates across the globe to capture Our Golden Moment by asking autistics, neurodivergents, and allies to do something #RedInstead and participate in a Day of Kindness.
What is the Day of Kindness?
As system disruptors, we are turning the prank on April Fool’s Day. First, we are going to claim the day as the Day of Kindness! April begins Autism Awareness Month, which is typically centered around the notion of charity for people “with autism” and their parents. Instead, we are claiming Autistic Acceptance month, and 4⁄1 is to demonstrate that we are charitable, not charity cases, and that we contribute positively to the world.
Then, we are going to mobilize to show the world the beauty in the spectrum. While most people are gathering saran wrap and toilet paper, we will be gathering kind words, acts, and deeds on the Day of Kindness.
So who can join the Day of Kindness?
It’s quite kind of you to ask, in fact!
Literally, everyone. All you need to do is engage in acts of kindness on that day. These do not need to be major, and they don’t need to put you in a position where you give more than you’re able. In fact, there are lots of ideas that cost nothing or nearly-nothing outside of a few minutes of your time.
For example, on the Day of Kindness, you can…
Pay for the coffee of the person behind you in the drive-thru
Give someone a non-appearance based compliment
Leave a quarter in a parking meter or Aldi grocery cart
Write positive messages on the sidewalk in colorful chalk
But remember, love don’t cost a thing!
Leave a positive online review of a small business you enjoy, I.e. Yelp or Etsy
Collect and properly dispose of litter
Let the person behind you in line go ahead of you
If you have a house mailbox, leave a thank you note for the mail carrier
Say I love you, to yourself or someone else
Support someone’s smile!
Make care kits for those experiencing displacement that includes needed items, I.e. sanitary pads, socks, and non-perishable foods
Send a birthday gift to somebody in need
Volunteer in experiences that bring you joy such as the animal shelter, mentoring a child, or doing lawn care
Compliment at least two people
For example, you can get creative:
Buy from a new and struggling artist or business
Paint and leave a kindness rock
Reach out to someone you know, or don’t know, whom you haven’t talked to in a while or you know needs support.
Make a supportive comment and let someone know you’re there if they need you.
Even more suggestions?
Leave a long and thoughtful comment on an author’s blog that seems to not have gotten enough attention.
Donate to a charity that is run by members of the marginalized group it helps.
Leave someone a tip through their Ko‑Fi/buy me a coffee link
- Many articles at NeuroClastic have Ko-Fi links! It’s a fantastic way to support a neurodivergent author!
Leave a wrapped gift with a handmade surprise in a public place and address it to “the person who needs a gift”
Write a letter to an autistic kid or teen
But wait, there’s more!
Fix extra for your meal or order double at lunch and give it to someone who would appreciate it
Wear a piece of jewelry that you plan to give to the first person who compliments it
Send a gift or card for a teacher/custodian/lunch server/teacher’s aid who has been kind to your child
Leave a five-dollar bill or hand-made bookmark in a library book
Whatever you do, have fun! I’ll be posting #RedInstead on 4⁄1 and #OurGoldenMoment on 4⁄2. See you there!
Want to take part in Our Golden Moment?
Read this letter from The Autistic Wolf!
It’s at last time to stand out together, please. Every voice will be heard above the noise when we stand on the cliff and howl together. Even our non-speaking community members will be heard equally in this format.
In addition, if you want to join us, click “join us” on this website: www.ourgoldenmoment.com
As the day draws closer, this content will be first posted in the form of coming out or alliance statements. Additionally, you can write your own.
If you are a business owner or advocate and also want to commit as a listed partner, see this page: www.ourgoldenmoment.com/partners
Finally, you can find promotional graphics for use here: https://www.ourgoldenmoment.com/images/
In conclusion, if you’re any form of neurodivergent or ally, join us.
No great change happened until there was some form of disruption. This is our chance.
Firstly, we’ll keep April as autistic acceptance month over autism awareness month, choosing to tag #AutisticGold and #RedInstead. It will also be a month of celebrating autistic pride, platforming autistic perspectives, and claiming the narrative about the autistic experience for ourselves.
I hope to see all of you there!
The Autistic Wolf
- The Neurotypical Obsession with Time — March 6, 2020
- Day of Kindness April 1, 2020: How To Get Involved — March 4, 2020