As some of you may know, a friend of E over at The Third Glance is participating in Autism Positivity Week at her school, which I think is a much-needed breath of fresh air. She’s asking people on the spectrum to submit positive quotes about their lives.
Here’s mine: “My Aspie gifts of determination, obsessive interests, and hyperlexia have allowed me to actualize my dreams of traveling the world and learning two foreign languages.”
If you’re interested in participating, please leave your positive statements in the comments section and indicate that she may share them. Or, you may send them to her directly at abailin (at) ucsd (dot) edu. See below for her letter on this great project, and feel free to post it in its entirety (no edits) on your blog.
Dear Auties, Aspies, and anyone else who identifies as being on the Autistic Spectrum,
For Autism Awareness Month, my Students with Disabilities group is putting on an Autism Positivity Week, where we do our best to myth-bust the “tragedy model” and let people know about some of the up-sides to being on the autistic spectrum. We’re not going to sugarcoat the difficulties that autistic people and their families face, but we’re going to shift the focus to celebrating neurodiversity and encouraging acceptance of individual differences.
I’m looking for some brief testimonials about how people on the spectrum can lead good and generally happy lives, go to college, have careers or hobbies they enjoy, etc. I’d particularly like to help express the diversity of interests, activities, and lifestyles among the autistic community.
What I want from you: short statements (1-3 sentences each) telling us about one of your favorite hobbies, areas of study, special skills, and/or career/career aspirations. They do not have to be related to your autism in any way. I’d also be happy to get short statements about anything you particularly like about being autistic.
By sending in these statements, you are giving me permission to print them out and share them with the public. You will be identified only by a single first initial. Please email all entries to abailin (at) ucsd (dot) edu. (Also, this event is for all ages, so as much as I’d enjoy hearing the details of your excellent love life, please send only G-rated statements). And if you use facebook, please join and spread the word about Autism Positivity Week here: https://www.facebook.com/events/144250802369548/