Please don’t copy and paste random crap from social media for “Autism Awareness Month” this April with a bunch of platitudes, blue hearts and jigsaw pieces 💙💙💙
You do know #autistic people – it is not that rare. To increase your own awareness, try asking an autistic person to explain to you how their autism affects them. It’s not one size fits all, it’s an extremely variable spectrum. Even a nine year-old child was astute enough to ask me during Neurodiversity Celebration Week how autism affects me personally.
Better still, go beyond awareness and shoot for acceptance. Accept us as our authentic selves without expecting us to “act normal”, to pass as a standard typical person.
Most of us don’t strive for normality, we just want to be included, supported, valued and loved… just like anybody else.