On this day, I would normally tout wear blue, light it up blue, and anything blue related. But after a year’s worth of research, I’ve realized something I’ve always supported isn’t something the autism community wants, let alone needs.
Let me explain what I mean.
Wearing blue and light it up blue are what Autism Speaks uses, as well as a blue puzzle piece as their symbol. For those who don’t know, Autism Speaks is an American organization that looks at autism as needing to be cured and something caused by vaccines. This organization basically raises money to find a cure for something incurable.
To the autism community, this organization is a smack in the face.
To myself, I realized after years of wearing blue on this day that I was supporting an organization that is disgraceful to autism.
So on this day, I ask all of you to go red instead for autism acceptance and go gold for neurodiversity and autism inclusion. Both these are what are needed for autism.
I can say, from others I’ve seen talking about this, inclusion and acceptance are a lot more important than awareness.
Those with autism are tired of being put on the back burner for others. We all, as humans, have our own quirks that make us who we are.
Those with autism are no less. We want the same things as neurotypicals. We have the same feelings as everyone else. We even have the same interests as others too.
The only difference is that those with autism are socially outcast by society because of a lack understanding.
So on this day, all I ask is that you take time to research and get to know those with autism. But not just today, EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR! So please continue to be kind and accepting of autism every day.