Connect to Autistic Perspectives
Perhaps you have heard the term Aspie used to refer to an Asperger's autistic person, or the term Autie used to refer to an autistic person. Some autistic individuals use these terms, while others find them obnoxious and offensive. On the other hand, the term neurotypical (NT) is often used in reference to a person who is not on the autistic spectrum. There's always the simple term non-autistic.
Advocacy is central to the Autistic community. Changing public perception, correcting autism myths, and encouraging forward movements in public policy are some examples of advocacy within the community. Please visit Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) to learn more.
Why is there a need for an Autistic community and what is the point?
Those questions can be countered by asking why autistics should take a back seat to any mission that dismisses the voice of autistic individuals. Does the existence of disability rights really need to be questioned?
Organizations that claim to raise autism awareness, or to speak for autistics, when in reality they are amassing funds to support eugenics, have little to do with positive productive autism awareness.
Autistic children become autistic adults. Widespread services and support for individuals on the spectrum is desperately needed. Funds going toward cures is neither what the Autistic community is asking for, nor what it needs. What the community does need is support in the here and now: access, acceptance, accommodation, integration, opportunity, and legal protection.
Disabled people should be included in any decision-making regarding information, laws, policies, and treatments that directly effect our community. Nothing About Us Without Us!
Autistic Self Advocacy Network, SW Ohio: Why Autism Speaks Does Not Speak for Us
Ballastexistenz: Archive for 'Autistic Community'
The Autism Acceptance Project
The Washtenaw Voice: Neurodiversity project aims to promote, empower 'different brains' on campus