HAPPY APRIL EVERYONE!!!
You know what that means- April is recognized as Autism Acceptance Month! Notice how I didn’t say awareness– we will get into that in a moment. But this month is very important for all of us not only to educate people as to what this month really means but also some misconceptions and maybe some news to many other people.
Why #LightItRed instead of blue? Well…think for one second. When I say “Autism Organization.” Who do you think of? That’s right, I can read your mind! It’s Autism Speaks most likely. They were the ones to start the “#LightItBlue” campaign a long time ago. Well…..got some news and LOTS of “tea” to spill about this organization.
Why they are a hate group.
Autism Speaks, while with good intentions of educating the masses about the disorder, they do it very poorly and has effected millions of people- they don’t respect us.
They view Autism as a “burden” and something that should be “fixed”- hence why the puzzle piece is their logo. They treat Autism as if it was an epidemic in our country that needs to be fixed!!!!1! (please note the sarcasm). Imagine being called a burden by people who want to help you. It’s not a good feeling and it makes us feel less valuable and less respected.
Where does the money go? – Fear mongering and promoting a false stigma.
This video called “I am Autism” is an example of their fear mongering of Autistic folk. (A trigger warning for ableism in this video.) Some of the lines in this video are disgusting like they say Autism “knows where you live” and “works faster than pediatric AIDS, cancer, and diabetes combined.” …..I’m sorry we are NOT dying. Most of the money many people have donated to this organization has gone towards advertising and campaigning AGAINST Autistic people.
This article provides an overview from an actual Autistic person about the organization, their experiences and how they view them.
They don’t speak for us at all, this is true because there are NO Autistic people on their board, only nerotypical people who think they know everything about it from reading about it and not having the actual disorder. The chart below from “autismadvocacy.org” show accurate information about where the money is going towards and a “too long didn’t read” version of the information I have shared above.
Why you should light it up and wear #RedInstead
Using the word “Acceptance” rather than “Awareness” helps us be more accepted in a community that want to help us through our struggles and teach others about the disorder. We are not a burden.
The #LightItUpBlue tag shows something that is a common gender stereotype. Blue = boys. Most people diagnosed with Autism happens in boy and is really overlooked by girls on the spectrum. This is why we try to stem away from the blue and the puzzle piece. Instead, the national symbol for Autism is the rainbow infinity sign. What does it mean? It show a good example of including everyone from girls, boys and even non-binary people. The rainbow signifies the spectrum itself and how diverse it is.
My dear readers, please accept us rather than be “aware” because we are already aware of who we are. #RedInstead.
Here are other Autism Organizations they you can check out!! They actually have proper resources and more!!
QUESTION OF THE DAY: Have you learned anything new today? Do you feel a bit more educated about the Autistic community. To my fellow Aspies, how do you feel about this month? Excited? Ready to advocate? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you all for reading ❤