This was first posted on Ollibean and is written by Amy Sequenzia.
I don’t want Autism Awareness. Actually, I fear Autism Awareness because it only makes the world fear, hate and ignore us, one blue light, one puzzle piece at a time.
It is April again. The month when Autistic anxiety increase is directly proportional to the “autism awareness” marketing strategy.
I am not being hyperbolic or snarky.
In April, sales of blue lights and puzzle pieces, appointments with therapists that promise to make Autistics “better”, interviews with celebrities that “support autism”, the parade of “experts” on our TV’s, views of articles – in newspapers, magazines and websites – about us (always without us) and about our “deficits”, increase.
All this comes attached with the Autism Awareness Month reminder.
All this also brings the stigma, the fear mongering, the bias, the pity porn, the hate towards Autistics.
All this elevates…
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