April is for affirmation, inclusion, empowerment, and accomodation!
Center Autistic voices. Unlearn ableist concepts.
Actively dismantle ableist and neurobigoted structures and systems.
Check your own neuro-privilege. Inventory your self for ableist attitudes.
When Autistic voices say: this is harmful to us, listen, learn, change.
When Autistic voices say: this is what we need to thrive, listen and accomodate.
I want us to move beyond “autism awareness” and “autism acceptance”. I want us ~ in tandem with allied allistics ~ to cultivate Autistic affirmation, inclusion, empowerment, and accomodation.
May this be the year we move in that direction and begin to radically shift the paradigm.
Image description: a drawing of a red, gold and white nudibranch (sea slug) with wavy appendages. “Nudibranch” is pronounced “NOO-dih-brank”. Art by Adam Auron Lodestone, 2022.
To learn more about how Autistic-kind experience prejudice in our society and what the neurotypical or otherwise allistic responsibility is for that, read about The Uncanny Valley (there is a link within this article, too, for further reading) and The Double Empathy Problem.