Autism Awareness – My thoughts On How To Build Acceptance

Hello again everyone. Since today is 4/2 and its the official awareness day I wanted to share a website and some thoughts that have been nagging at me for over a month.

First the website is Aspie Project and I mentioned it in my 1000 subscribers video. It has gone live today if you wish to check it out.

Second, I am personally very happy with the term “Autism Awareness”. However, many people have been replacing this with “Autism Acceptance” and it conflicts with my logic. Allow me to elaborate…

People cannot accept what they do not understand. People cannot understand what they have not learned. People cannot learn something they are not aware of first… This is my train of thought and it has awareness as its foundation, Education as the walls, and acceptance as the roof (if we are comparing it to a building). With people wanting to skip to acceptance means there is half a foundation and only a few walls up, but they wish to start on the roof. The building will most likely collapse and take all progress with it.

Currently there are still many misconceptions of autism. Like “its a children’s disease”, “Its just a behavioral problem that can be fixed”, “people with autism are just like Rainman”, and that “everyone is a little autistic”… These examples are common enough to that the education portion is not yet complete, so if anything it should be autism education day/week/month, but I’ll settle for awareness as many people are still not even aware of what autism really is, and its the first step.

If people are both aware of and educated in what autism is, then acceptance will happen on its own. If you want acceptance I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone and help us build up to that by not only showing your pride and saying “I have autism”, but go out of your way to help educate people in a constructive manner. Ask questions to find what their misconceptions are and don’t get angry if their misconceptions are stereo types. They don’t know any better and its not their fault. Instead take that energy and use it in a positive way to educate. THIS is how we get acceptance. Not by getting angry and ranting on twitter on how NT’s don’t understand and not by simply demanding or wishing for acceptance and expecting it to appear out of thin air.

End of rant… all thoughts and opinions above are my own and should not be taken as anything other than 1 persons thoughts and opinions.

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About me: My name is David and I have ASD1 (autism). I create weekly videos to talk about autism and share my experiences.

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