Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Autistics Speaking Day 2016: Being A Welcoming Community

R. Larkin Taylor-Parker writes "Autistics Speaking Day 2016: Being a Welcoming Community" at Autistic Future.

November 1, the anniversary of the successful disruption of a neurotypical-run day of silence -because no Autistic people communicate- by Neurodiversity activists. This is my fifth Autistics Speaking Day and this site’s first.

We are winning the existential struggle over the narrative of what autism is and what should be done about it. This has been true for at least a couple of years. People and organizations are realizing that they have to at least pay lip service to the idea of inclusion, rather than elimination, to stay relevant. Eugenics is one of those tenacious ideas that won’t go away overnight, but there isn’t momentum in that That makes me less inclined to write on one of the traditional themes of Autistics Speaking Day posts, i.e. anti-cure, stop harassing us when we form our own communities on the internet, the autistic life can be a pretty good one, etc. It looks more and more like we have a future, so I want to talk about that. What is our community going to be? How do we make it a good one?


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