Most people who have followed my writing are aware of my love for the autistic community. This April, I want to take this one step further. We must strive for autistic UNITY.
This isn’t a call for people to ignore genuinely problematic dilemmas that arise in the community. No, this is a call for us to unite in the beauty of our diversity as a community, to open up the conversations we have been avoiding, and push forward into a future where we are working together for the common good of all autistic people.
Autistic people are perhaps one of the most diverse demographics in existence. We span race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status. If you can think of an identifying feature, you can guarantee that autistic people represent a broad cross-section.
Our diversity is what makes us so beautiful. We think outside of the box because there is no box that can contain us. Where the world is framed like black and white television, autistic people burst forth in rainbow hyper-colour, bringing vivid hues of creativity, generosity, altruism, talent, and courage to the lives they touch.
We must unite in our beauty, pushing out the boundaries that the world has set for us. We don’t just break the moulds, we obliterate them! Our mere existence has forever changed the world, and for that reason we have a responsibility to do right by the world and our fellow Autistics.
The old adage of “United we stand, divided we fall” rings true for us all. When we unite, we can tackle any issues that a neurotypical society flings at us. No one will liberate the neurominority except for us, so let’s give it every fibre of our being.
This April, don’t just choose community, choose #AutisticUnity.
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- Autistic people and the fear of death - November 25, 2021
- Integrating autistic culture into the world: The cultural model of autism - June 1, 2021