Thoughts on Autism Acceptance Month from ICAC Co-Founder, Jessie Witherell

 

Thoughts on Autism Acceptance Month from ICAC Co-Founder, Jessie Witherell

April is “Autism Awareness Month” and during this time many organizations, including The Iowa City Autism Community, tend to become more active and turn up the volume on our advocacy. But for people on the autism spectrum, it is difficult to endure a public conversation about autism without truly being invited to be a part of it. That is why we feel that any autism campaign or event should always include positive, accurate information and should ensure that individuals on the spectrum know that they are a valued and accepted part of the community.

Learn more about the differences between autism acceptance and autism awareness and why ICAC chooses and encourages others to use certain imagery (such as the infinity symbol) and language by reading these perspectives written by advocates on the autism spectrum –

http://www.judyendow.com/advocacy/autism-awareness-and-autism-acceptance/?fbclid=IwAR3pWGIwdU7bmLxeNk4LwmSso_XmGMf04VeyXxmXSRtXn2RFJqHCCrp55Cs

https://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

https://autisticadvocacy.org/2012/04/acceptance-vs-awareness/?fbclid=IwAR0Qp-1KOZExUiZPO6GXlWwoj7CoBIoHt0kXK_M-Jkc8focB5JLQyYCQvbA

https://learnfromautistics.com/the-problem-with-the-autism-puzzle-piece/

https://autisticadvocacy.org/about-asan/identity-first-language/

Happy Autism Acceptance month!