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Featured Change “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month”

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Nervous Rex, Feb 11, 2020.

  1. tducey

    tducey Well-Known Member

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    I'm lucky in that I've been accepted by many people. Still cases like mine are more of the exception than the rule. Hope we can see that change.
     
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  2. BlueSky Aozora

    BlueSky Aozora Well-Known Member

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    So you mean, there must be many autistic people joining the "Autism Acceptance Event" committee, right? Will autistic people even do all the event planning tasks? If not, then other NT etc needs to join, and it wont be an autistic committee anymore, like autism speaks maybe. I just ask because I dont know.
     
  3. Au Naturel

    Au Naturel Au Naturel

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    Typical activist group manned by people who don't have a clue. As I understand it, Autism Speaks was started by parents who had children with profoundly debilitating autism. Somebody had to speak for the kids who literally could not speak for themselves. The "treatment" is designed to make parents happy by eliminating symptoms that cause parents the most grief. Like most activist organizations the focus soon became growing the organization bigger, not evolving it to be better.

    Autism Speaks does not speak for me nor does it care about me.
     
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  4. Anonym

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    I do think more awareness and understanding are needed (emphasis on understanding), but often take issue with the way it's handled.

    There was a segment on the morning news today that really peeved me. They were highlighting a group called KnowAutism and the KA reps were all "it's a play on words, ha ha. Wouldn't it be great if one day there were no autism?" They went on yammering about how 1 in 60 children now are being diagnosed, so devastating and isn't it awful? blah blah blah, without really understanding what they were talking about. It just felt like they were pandering to ignorance and regurgitating data without any real comprehension.

    phew. Sorry. lol. That "news" segment got me kind of worked up this morning.

    Anyway, there are far more "devastating" psychological and neurological issues out there that should probably get some media attention, too. Oh! Why don't we have a Narcissism awareness month!? Everyone can talk about what it is, how to spot it and healthy ways to practice kindness and compassion with each other? Plus, think of the marketing opportunities! (sorry, lots of personal beef with narcissism)

    I am who I am. I love myself and I wouldn't be me if I weren't autistic! Besides, I'd rather be autistic than narcissistic any day. ;)
     
  5. Crossbreed

    Crossbreed Neur-D Missionary ☝

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    The narcissists would like that... ;)
     
  6. TopherPwn

    TopherPwn Active Member

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    I think that's normal for a lot of us.

    Also to add to the comment. It's going to be situational. People's perspectives vary as humans tend to only see the world through their reality. If a month is needed. Why just have have Autism? Let each person choose what the month means to them. Some will ignore it, but they most likely would do that no matter the phrase. Let them explore the many spectrum's of ASD. Any search will lead them to the most looked it. It could also keep someone interested by seeing different options. It could also help someone figure out about themself or friend.