Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Autism Acceptance Month 2015

Autism Acceptance Month starts today! Autism acceptance month is an autistic-led movement "about treating autistic people with respect, listening to what we have to say about ourselves, and making us welcome in the world." Here are some ways you can observe Autism Acceptance Month:

Autism Acceptance Campaigns and Projects

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network's (ASAN) Autism Acceptance Month Project

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"I signed the pledge! Acceptance is an action. Autism Acceptance Month.]
"April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we focus on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people.

"Autism Acceptance Month promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world. Autism is a natural variation of the human experience, and we can all create a world which values, includes, and celebrates all kinds of minds.
"You probably know an autistic person already. Get to know us a little bit better."
Other ASAN April actions

The Official Event for Autism Acceptance Day, 2015

"AAD has been an ongoing event since 2011. ACCEPTANCE, not "tolerance," not "I accept you but not your autism." Pro-neurodiversity, pro-supports and services, against "cures," AAD was started to counter April "awareness" stunts that demean us. It has expanded to become a way of viewing Autism in a positive and accepting way."

Use #AutismAcceptanceDay5 to join the conversations!

Mocha Autism Network's
#RoyalBlueForAutismAwareness 2015 campaign is
"Awareness first, then acceptance. There is a reason."

Specifically: "...the lack of awareness regarding education to Communities of Color related to Special Needs. Not only were there not many communities speaking about Autism, most national organizations did not discuss talking about Autism to Communities of Color. The lack of "awareness" of people of color is apparent in reviewing the lack of diversity in organization boards, campaigns and outreach goals.

"Does that mean that we don't understand the importance of "Autism Acceptance?" Not at all.

"Because there are few national campaigns such as this one, where the emphasis is on #AutisticFamiliesofColor, the Mocha Autism Network decided to start from the very beginning, to help our communities learn about Autism and its traits, accept them in our community and gain the resources to assist our communities wholistically. And we're getting there. When this organization was conceived in late 2013, there weren't very many talks of diversity in Autism Awareness."

Walk in Red

"We want to everyone to post selfies wearing red shoes, socks, hats, nail polish or any other item of clothing (etc) to the hashtags ‪#‎WalkInRed‬ and ‪#‎WalkInRed2015‬ to promote ‪#‎AutismAcceptanceDay5‬ ‪#‎AutismAcceptanceMonth‬ & ‪#‎AutismAcceptance‬ in general. We're promoting a flashblog/tweetstorm for April 2nd to draw attention away from ‪#‎LIUB‬ [Light it Up Blue] and will be continuing throughout the remainder of April. This will be an annual event; please like and share, etc. Thank-you!"

Disability in Kid Lit's Autism on the Page event

"April is, of course, Autism Awareness Month. During a month like this, in a literary community like the kidlit world, it’s logical to discuss autistic representation in fiction. Autistic narrators have been dubbed a trend, and however cringe-worthy that designation may be–more on that later this month!–it’s true that there has been a minor explosion in “autism books” over the past decade. Autistic narrators. Autistic siblings. Autistic best friends. Sometimes those characters’ autism plays a central role, sometimes not.
In all cases, it’s worth discussing. Representation, as we all know, has a huge effect on readers. Good effects, bad effects. Mirrors and windows."


Stuff You Can Buy to Support Autism Acceptance

From Aromaleigh Cosmetics
Enigma: A Beautiful Eyeshadow to Benefit the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network

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sparkling light brown cake eyeshadow, with the words
"enigma: proceeds benefit The Autistic Self Advocacy
Network in a white font.]
 "50% of this Enigma’s sales for the month of April will be donated to the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), an organization which the Autism community collectively would like you to be aware of, and to support- instead of Autism Speaks (learn why!)

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens. We work to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the Autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us.

Nothing About Us, Without Us!"

And then there's The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network's
Autism Acceptance Month CafePress Shop

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"Autism Acceptance Month"
then three rainbow-colored asterisk stars, then
"Acceptance is an action"]

Autism Acceptance and Awareness Day App Sales!

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cartoon owl with its right wing raised,
under the words "Proloquo2Go
50% off on Autism Acceptance Day
~April 2]
From Proloquo2Go's parent company, Assistiveware:
"April is Autism Acceptance Month, and more specifically, April 2 is Autism Acceptance Day! No, this is not a typo. We are shifting from autism awareness to autism acceptance. We need a positive change!"

AAC: LAMP Words for Life

Words for Life will be 50% off on April 2.
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"LAMP Words For Life™ is a full English vocabulary augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) language app that combines the power of the PRC Unity® language system with Language Acquisition through Motor Planning (LAMP™) principles and strategies. LAMP™ is a therapeutic approach based on neurological and motor learning principles as well as clinical experiences that address the language development and communication needs of children with autism. "

Personalized Story Making: Kid in Story from Locomotive Labs

On sale for $.99 from 4/2 - 4/5, for Autism Acceptance.

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with brown hair pinching the cheeks of a similar child,
surrounded by three cartoon characters, above the words
"When people are happy they smile.
Here is my happy face!"]
"Kid in Story Book Maker makes it easy and fun to create visual stories to support learning, social modeling, and early literacy with your child as the star character."

What Will TPGA be Doing?

As for the team here at Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, we have archives bursting with profiles of amazing autistic individuals, posted during Autism Acceptance Months past. We're going to be resharing them all month.


Let us know about any other campaigns or sales we should be sharing by leaving a comment on this page. Thanks. -The Editors