People of Color

The Performance of April and Autism Awareness Month

April is essentially a cash grab. April is a soapbox for well-meaning organizations and corporations to bank on us. We’re the inspiration porn, the example to strive for, the burden to be eased that’s big money to them.

April Is…

April is for affirmation, inclusion, empowerment, and accomodation! Center Autistic voices. Unlearn ableist concepts. Actively dismantle ableist and neurobigoted structures and systems. Seek out advocates,

Note to your younger self: Invisible magic

“Little Black Autistic Girl, what will the world do with you? Will they forget you? Will you go down in history as an overlooked and unsung hero that deserved more recognition while they were around?”

Dear Fellow Black Autistic, Your Autistic Experience Looks Different,

“From picking your afro because the motion is soothing, to twerking and playing with your braids, to repeating that one itch-scratching line in the rap song you love over and over again… It’s the way that you put on lipgloss even though you just put it on three minutes ago because the motion is soothing.”

Poetry- La Noyée (The Drowned Girl)

“This poem is about a girl in a song and another girl who lives on a planet of perpetual music. To see my life you must also let the music take you.”

Dear Caribbean Autistic Teen,

“Our desire to stim? We use Soca, Bachata, Dancehall, and Salsa as a cover, allowing the rhythm to put out the fire we have in our brains. And thanks to our Caribbean cousins and siblings, we learn how to be style icons.”

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