To raising Autism awareness and Acceptance, and battling negative stereotypes about Autism.
To advocate for the inclusion of Autistic people in the community.
To offer a forum to broadcast our stories and thoughts, and to help the messages of Autistic people and non-Austistic allies reach as many people as possible.
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?