Autism Pride Day June 18th
I want to inform you all of today’s important event. Every year, on June 18th, the Autistic community celebrates Autism Pride Day.
This is a reminder for autistic people and their families that autistic people don’t need so-called medical intervention and treatment, we need a change in our environment that best fits us and our individual needs.
This is a reminder that autistic people matter and our needs are to be accommodated for, understood, and appreciated.
Many autistic individuals are misunderstood, because we face a lot of challenges, and especially for people like me, whose autism might not be so visible to those who just meet me. Others may not recognize that we also have quite the struggle to fit into regular society.
Our needs, desires, and intense emotions are very often invalidated, and we are told that we can still do something, even if it makes us uncomfortable. My message is that we have to recognize and validate the autistic person’s struggle, so that we are not pushed too far, until our anxiety makes us unable to function.
Autistic Pride Day is a time to recognize that each autistic person has their own potential, and that everyone, despite our challenges, struggles, or circumstances must be there for each other.
Today, and everyday, the autism community and their families, unite together, to symbolize that autism can be challenging, but even though it is, with the right understanding and support, being autistic is something to be proud of.
I am proud to say I am autistic, and I am not afraid to tell people about autism. I am always open about my experiences with being autistic because I want to help in creating a better, safer, and more inclusive education support system, and bring more pride in accepting the fact that ALL autistic people struggle, but despite that fact, we can unite together and create a stronger community.
Thank you so much for shining a light on this together with me.