A lot has been going on and I have a lot to tell you about in an upcoming post, because the last week was pretty hectic.
But I'm pausing all that because today is World Autism Awareness Day.
And I have a complicated relationship with that day.
Because in 2019 I don't really feel like "awareness" is what we need to be working towards.
We need acceptance.
We need to accept people on the spectrum for who they are, and support them, and welcome them into our communities as valuable members. Because they are.
And so this is my little contribution to World Autism Day 2019, from one mom who doesn't "light it up blue":
Your thoughts mirror my own! I think people are aware of autism more so than at any other time in history. More and more articles about adults on the spectrum after they leave the school system. But acceptance? That is a whole different thing. You mentioned the checker who said she wished she knew more - I think so many people are afraid of appearing rude that they are afraid to ask, afraid they will be rebuffed.ReplyDelete