It’s April again, and here we are kicking off Autism Acceptance Month! Calling it Acceptance Month instead of Awareness month may confuse people who are outside of the Neurodivergent community, but I think that this provides a great opportunity for education.
So, since I never miss a chance to make poetry here is an Acrostic poem with education in mind.
Autism Acceptance Education Acrostic
Autism is a neurological variation in functioning, not an illness, a disease, or a tragedy.
Curing Autism is not the goal of Autistic people. We want Accessibility and Acceptance.
Communities can promote inclusivity by listening to Autistic people about their needs.
Eugenics works by wiping out genes, like ones that cause Autism. No more Autistics.
Person first language is preferred by many groups. Autistics prefer Identity First.
The Neurodiversity Movement includes neurotypes like Tourette Syndrome and ADHD.
Accessibility is necessary for Neurodivergent people to succeed in their communities.
Nothing About Us Without Us is a Disability Rights slogan that promotes self-advocacy.
Communication doesn’t just mean speaking, there are many ways people can connect.
Empathy may be a struggle for some Autistic folks, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care.
- Person First Language aka A person with Autism, instead of an Autistic Person, is generally recommended by Disability Advocacy groups. Most Autistics reject it because we believe that Autism is an intrinsic part of who we are. The Deaf Community also, for the most part, rejects Person First Language.
- Other Autistic Cousins include Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Epilepsy.
- Accessibility can include assistive devices (noise canceling headphones, stim toys, etc.), support people/animals, things like using email instead of phones and having family/friends/coworkers learn about Autism.
- The Autism Rights Movement borrowed “Nothing About Us Without Us” from Disability Rights, and have used the goal of Self Advocacy to found organizations like the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).
- Other ways to communicate include Sign Language and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Devices. Also, communication styles are as unique as the people who use them, so use what makes the most sense.
*please note, that I only speak for myself. Every Neurodivergent person has differing opinions, and when in doubt, trust the individual.