Forget about colours – it’s time for autism acceptance

Today, April 2, is World Autism Awareness Day, a UN mandated day to raise awareness of autism around the world.

I have shared my thoughts about autism awareness before. Three years ago I wrote the following:

As a parent of 2 kids on the spectrum and as a carer, I want everyone to understand that properly supporting and accepting people with autism will go a long way to helping them achieve great things. I want everyone to understand that there is nothing WRONG with someone with autism. They face challenges, yes, but they have so many amazing talents and gifts to share.

We need to provide adequate support, at every stage of life, to ensure every person with autism has the opportunity to realize their potential. We need to support the families caring for people on the autism spectrum so they can continue to give all the love, support, help and care that they need. And we need to support educators, therapists and specialists to ensure they can continue to provide specialist advice and assistance too.

On this day, World Autism Awareness Day, I ask that you all take a moment to consider the challenges faced by people with autism and their families. Make the commitment to increase your own awareness of the condition. You can find out more here.

Three years have passed and I’m still hoping for these things. But I’m also wanting more.

I shared my thoughts last year on why I believe EVERY day should be autism acceptance day – not just something that happens on April 2 every year. Awareness can only go so far. My children, as well as everyone else on the spectrum, need acceptance and respect.

Choose to accept autism - www.myhometruths.com

I’ve also shared many posts in the past about the positives of autism, how autism can sometimes suck, how it can make the little things hard and how it can make you value every achievement so much more than you otherwise would.

I’m sharing these posts with you to demonstrate the many aspects of autism. To illustrate the many ways it affects everyday life. And to reveal the many emotions it can bring.

There is good and bad in everything.

You may have seen posts encouraging you to light it up blue for autism. Or to wear gold to support neurodiversity. Or to wear bright colours to support the breadth of the spectrum.

Honestly, I don’t care what you wear or what colour you choose to support. Your choice of attire is not going to affect me or my family in the slightest. It’s certainly not going to change our everyday lives.

Choose to accept autism - www.myhometruths.com

However, your choice of ACTION can potentially affect us, either in a good or bad way.

You can choose to become more informed about autism and extend your acceptance and understanding to all on the spectrum.

You can choose to teach your kids to be accepting of difference and to be kind, compassionate and generous.

You can choose to become vocal and actively call out discrimination and bullying to those on the spectrum whenever you see it.

You can choose to donate your money to fund more research into early intervention and support for autistics at every stage of their lives.

You can choose to volunteer your time to provide respite to families, to provide friendship and support & to help where you can.

You can choose to challenge the accepted norms and see autism as a different way of thinking rather than as a disability or a burden.

Honestly, forget about colours. Forget about awareness. Forget about token posts and mentions on social media.

CHOOSE to practice acceptance. Every. Single. Day.

CHOOSE to not be afraid of difference. CHOOSE to understand and not judge. CHOOSE to extend a helping hand.

It’s time for autism acceptance.

It’s time for YOU to choose how you are going to make it happen.

You can help ME make a difference today by supporting my bid to raise $1000 for Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT). I’ve committed to walking 15,000 steps each day for the next week.

Will you help me reach my goal?

Walk for autism - www.myhometruths.com

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9 Responses

  1. Tina says:

    Completely agree Kirsty..it’s not about the colour-it’s about the actions x #SpectrumSunday

  2. Actions speak louder than words … and colours.
    I choose to become more informed which is why I am here 🙂
    L xo
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit recently posted..Day 2727 – New Monday, New Week, New Goals – Inspo

  3. So important to be informed and teach acceptance rather than ‘wearing a colour’ which really does nothing. 🙂
    Di from Max The Unicorn recently posted..REVIEW/GIVEAWAY: Empassion Skincare Range!

  4. I completely agree – I guess the colours are only useful if they lead to more conversations and more understanding and acceptance for people on the autistic spectrum. As for me – I’ll keep blogging to try and help create a more understanding world for my son and others like him to grow into. #spectrumsunday
    Lynne (Raising my Autistic son) recently posted..Do words matter?

  5. I hear you. I am over-filled with colours, ribbons, causes and more. I cannot financially support any because which one would I choose. I choose, however, to help educate and inform and to NOTICE. I think your advocacy is excellent. Candy Jubb posted last night about not doing anything colour thing for autism as she lives it in every waking (and probably sleeping) moment of her family life. I wish you well in your fundraising K. Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 14/52. Next week: Easter
    Denyse Whelan Blogs recently posted..Daylight Saving Is OVER. #LifeThisWeek 14/52. 2017.50.

  6. Totally agree with the fact that the colour doesn’t matter, the acceptance does.Love what you are doing for a cause you believe in.
    Sanchie @ Living my Imperfect Life recently posted..Get curious in April

  7. Kat says:

    I love your “choosing” list. I’ve been really questioning how I react to certain people and situations and trying to work out if it stems from some kind of prejudice etc. It can be a little confronting sometimes but I think it’s really necessary. Congrats on getting out and doing something for a cause you believe in.
    Kat recently posted..San Francisco’s Ferry Building

  8. Oh my – I absolutely love this. You are right and I feel there is a bit of a movement coming about awareness is not enough….Thanks for linking to #spectrumsunday

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