April is Autism Acceptance Month. It is important to listen and learn from autistic people’s lived experiences. There are many ways we can support the autism community not just this month, but every month. We should learn from and uplift autistic voices, especially autistic people who are racial or ethnic minorities, are non-speaking, or who have higher support needs or comorbid disabilities.
For more information, check out the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a great resource for general information based out of Washington DC.
Here are some additional recommended reading if you’re looking to learn more about #AutismAcceptanceMonth.
- Learn From Autistic People explains why we wear ‘red instead’ rather than lighting it up blue for autism.
- Paula Jessop, Altogether Autism’s former autistic advisor, explains the importance of the change from puzzle pieces to rainbow infinity for the autism symbol.
- Lydia Brown of Autistic Self Advocacy Network explains why the autistic community chooses identity first language versus person first.
The Association for Autistic Community
Autistics Against Curing Autism
The Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN)
Foundations for Divergent Minds
International Badass Activists
The Nonspeaking Community Consortium (NCC)
The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
Additional Tools & Resources
Responding to Survivors with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview for Sexual Assault Advocates
Responding to Survivors with Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview for Sexual Assault Advocates - National Sexual Violence Resource Center
Resource Library - Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Resource Packets in English, Spanish, and Plain Language for Parents and Adults - Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network (AWN)
Books and Articles -The Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism
News and Trusted Organizations in Various Countries - International Badass Activists
Related Articles - In the Loop About Neurodiversity
Autistic LGBTQ+ Resources - Twainbow
Resources For Trans People On The Spectrum - TransLash
LGBTQI Resource Page - PAAutism.org
Autistic LGBTQIA+ Resources – I CAN Network
Social and Support Groups - Autism Inclusive Meets
Advocacy Group for People with Speech-Related Disabilities - Communication First
Support and Advocacy Group for the Nonspeaking Community - Nonspeaking Community Consortium (NCC)
Resources for Autistic Girls and Women - Yellow Ladybugs