10 Reasons We Need Autistic Pride

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June 18th is Autistic Pride Day, within Queer Pride Month.

These are independent events. Autistic Pride Day is not a pride only for Queer Autistic People -just for the record (because that question has been asked before).

What is Autistic Pride Day and why is this a thing?

Being Autistic is, unfortunately, something that society, much like being queer, has deemed is “less than desirable.”

Those who don’t understand Autistic Pride might ask, “How can you be proud of something you have no control over– like Autism?” 

Autistic Pride Day was not borne from the need to celebrate being Autistic, but instead in recognition of our right to live authentically (or at all).

The Autistic experience colors each piece of an Autistic Person’s personality, sensory experience, and identity. It impacts our interests, how we view the world, the choices we make, and even our ethics.  Because of this, many Autistic People say that “Autism is a part of who we are.”

Autistic Pride Day is not just a celebration of being Autistic and belonging to such a vibrant, beautiful community, but doing so in spite of the messages society sends that we should be ashamed of who we are.

Why do we need Autistic Pride?

Read the full post on Substack (for free) to find out.

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10 Reasons We Need Autistic Pride
Autistic Pride isn’t just about celebrating who we are. It’s also about coming together, remembering those we’ve lost, and working together towards a brighter future for future generations.

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