Autistic Pride is

Accepting myself for who I am, both the good and bad parts of being Autistic.

Advocating for myself and others like me.

Being passionate and sharing my knowledge of my special interests with others.

Getting tinted glasses to help with light sensitivity issues.

Going non-verbal and not being afraid to use an AAC device if needed.

Helping others like myself learn to love who they are.

Learning the best coping skills to deal with sensory issues.

Reclaiming stims that were yelled out of you as a kid.

Recommending stim toys to others because you think they would find them useful

Sharing my life experiences with others to help people get a better understanding of Autism.

Showing the world that being Autistic is not some horrible thing.

Speaking in echolalia to get your point across.

Stimming when I need to, whether it be for happy reasons or anxiety reasons.

Using Identity-First language.

Wanting to spread Peace, Love, and Neurodiversity!

Milestones Autism Conference

In a couple of weeks I will be attending the Milestones Autism Conference here in Cleveland. Another one of my Autistic friends is going with me. I imagine we are going to be quite annoyed and pissed off most of the time, just from what I have read of some of the panel content. But unless more Autistics start going to these things, they are not going to change. They are going to keep talking about us without us there.

I am planning on wearing my “I’m an Autistic Event Planner” shirt one of the days. And possibly my “Autistic Faerie” one the second day, though that may change. Going to be bringing my small backpack filled with stim toys and my ear defenders. Also will have my business cards for this blog to hand out. AND a new thing I just made today and sent to print. I decided I should make up a “Pocket Guide for Autism Acceptance”, which has various information on stimming, echolalia, functioning labels, identity first language, and executive functioning in a short easy to read format. So I will be handing those out as well since an Autistic perspective is very needed at these sorts of events.

I hope I can make a good impact on some of the people I will be interacting with at this conference. And help change some minds on any outdated or false information that some people may have on Autism in general.

Autism Acceptance Month – Day 27 – Disabili...

— Do you think autism is a disability or a difference? Or both? —

I think of Autism as both.

It is a difference, as our brains are wired differently then most people. How we go about things in life and perceive things around us, the natural way that we interact with our environment is very different from the way in which the average person does. This difference is also what makes it a disability. The world is not made for Autistics. We are disabled by the way that society is. If we had the proper accommodations in life, we would seem far less disabled and be able to cope better. A lot of us would also have a much better quality of life as well.

When I first told some of my friends I was Autistic, some of them didn’t believe me. They had only seen me in settings where I was in control and comfortable. They had never seen me have a shutdown, a meltdown, or go non-verbal. So I had to explain what I was like out of my carefully controlled environments. I am quite lucky in regards to that, I have tailored my day to day life to be sensory friendly for myself for the most part. I also set my own schedule. If someone saw me at home they wouldn’t have any clue I was Autistic, but once I am out in public that all changes. When outside of my home I tend to anxious stim a lot more, so now I bring stim toys with me for that purpose. I also sometimes bring my ear defenders if I know someplace will cause hearing sensory overload.

The social model of disability says that disability is caused by the way society is organized. It identifies systemic barriers, negative attitudes and exclusion by society (purposely or inadvertently) that mean society is the main contributory factor in disabling people. While physical, sensory, intellectual, or psychological variations may cause individual functional limitation or impairments, these do not have to lead to disability unless society fails to take account of, and include people regardless of their individual differences. – Identity-First Autistic

The Neurodiversity movement promotes the social model of disability. If society would adopt it, not only Autistics but everyone would be better off. If we help each other and accommodate each other then the world becomes a much friendlier place for disabled and non-disabled people alike. Accommodations do not mean we get more then others, they mean we get a level playing field. We will finally be able to operate in the world and be comfortable.