Autism is a developmental, neurological disability. It impacts on how an autistic individual communicates, learns and relates to the world. It can also affect how the person moves their body and processes sensory information, like sights and sounds.
While awareness of autism is a good start, we believe that acceptance of autism is more important. Where awareness tell us about autism as a condition, acceptance shines a light on real autistic people, living real lives.
By accepting autistic children and adults as they are, and celebrating their strengths, talents and contributions to society, we open the door to compassion and understanding.
We have chosen the theme of flowers to put the idea of acceptance into perspective. All flowers are different, but all are beautiful. In much the same way, autistic people are different, but not less important than any others.
For the month of April, we will be sharing information about Autism Acceptance on our Facebook Page.
Here are some great resources to get you started:
The Autism Acceptance Month website is an excellent place to find out more about the importance of autism acceptance.
Ally wrote a helpful post about Why Acceptance is Critical.
Amythest Schaber is a favourite of ours – she writes and speaks so eloquently on all things autism. Here she writes about why acceptance matters. Please be aware that Amethyst does not mince her words and her message may at first feel a bit abrasive.
And this video is the best thing we’ve seen in a long time! Alyssa’s Autism Acceptance Video.