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It is our mission to help autistic voices rise to the top when it comes to anything related to autism, including what should happen with “autism awareness.” We asked Jenny Bristol to research and write about why it’s time to end Autism Awareness Month, all awareness campaigns, and the importance of focusing resources on acceptance instead. Rebecca Burgess turned her words into an extraordinary comic we invite you to read, download and share.
10 Reasons to End Autism Awareness:
Autism awareness is an outdated concept.
Autism isn’t an illness.
Acceptance allows us to be our best selves and take care of our physical and mental health.
Popular culture’s attempts at awareness have had negative side effects.
It’s time to treat autistic people as authorities on themselves.
Acceptance makes it easier for us to help ourselves.
Acceptance values #ActuallyAutistic voices.
Acceptance leads to integrated supports.
Acceptance can begin to undo and prevent further damage caused by well-meaning-but-ultimately-harmful organizations and therapies.
Acceptance gives our kids the best start in life and helps them grow up to be the best adults they can be.
The world is already well aware of autism.
Autism awareness campaigns are no longer needed. If these ten points aren’t convincing enough and people want to keep focusing on the concept of autism awareness, well, perhaps focus on the awareness of the long- and short-term harm of ABA-based therapies, the awareness of the lack of autistic supports, the awareness of the comorbidity of autism and other diagnoses, and the awareness of the existence of autistic-led support groups and online communities. The autism community would benefit from these types of awareness.
#EndAwareness #AcceptanceNotAwareness #LivingOutsideTheBox #ActuallyAutistic
Autistic-Themed Comics Free on Geek Club Books:
- Hear Our Spectrum of Voices Comic
- Understanding Autism Comic by Rebecca Burgess
- Mighty League: The Horrible Hug Interactive Digital Comic for Kids
- Mighty League: The Terrible Taunting Interactive Digital Comic for Kids
- End Autism Awareness Comic by Jenny Bristol and Rebecca Burgess
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