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Autistic Pride Day

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Autistic Pride Day is a celebration of the neurodiversity of people on the autism spectrum on June 18 each year.[1] Autistic pride is pride in autism, about shifting views of autism from "disease" to "difference". Autistic pride emphasises the innate potential in all human phenotypic expressions and celebrates the diversity various neurological types express.

According to the London Times of December 31, 2005, "Just as society learned to accept homosexuality, organisations such as the Autism Assembly and Aspies for Freedom say it should accept “neurodiversity” as something to celebrate rather than cure. In June, the organisations launched the first annual Autistic Pride Day, with events around the world, to persuade the rest of us — the “neuro-typicals” — that autistic people are “unique individuals” who should not be seen as cases for treatment."[1]

Autistic pride asserts that autistic people are not sick; rather, they have a unique set of characteristics that provide them many rewards and challenges, not unlike their non-autistic peers.[2][3] Researchers and people with high-functioning autism have contributed to a shift in attitudes away from the notion that autism is a deviation from the norm that must be treated or cured, and towards the view that autism is a difference rather than a disability.[4] New Scientist magazine released an article entitled "Autistic and proud" on the first Autistic Pride Day that discussed the idea.[5]

Autistic Pride Day is an Aspies for Freedom initiative,[1] an autism rights group that aims to educate the general public with initiatives to end ignorance of the issues involving the autistic community.

Themes

The main event of 2005 was in Brasília, capital of Brazil. The main events of 2006 were an Autistic Pride Summer Camp in Germany, and an event at the Scienceworks Museum in Melbourne, Australia.

  • 2005 Acceptance not cure
  • 2006 Celebrate Neurodiversity
  • 2007 Autistics Speak. It's time to listen
  • 2008 Not known
  • 2009 Not known
  • 2010 Perspectives, not fear
  • 2011 Recognize, Respect, Include

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Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "What's in store: Autistic Licence". London: Times Online. December 31, 2005. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,589-1960650,00.html. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 
  2. Saner E (2007-08-07). "'It is not a disease, it is a way of life'". The Guardian (London). http://society.guardian.co.uk/health/story/0,,2143123,00.html. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  3. Shapiro, Joseph (June 26, 2006). "Autism Movement Seeks Acceptance, Not Cures". NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5488463. Retrieved 2007-11-23. 
  4. Baron-Cohen S (2000). "Is Asperger syndrome/high-functioning autism necessarily a disability?". Dev Psychopathol 12 (3): 489–500. doi:10.1017/S0954579400003126. PMID 11014749. 
  5. Trivedi, Bijal (18 June 2005). "Autistic and proud of it". New Scientist. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg18625041.500-autistic-and-proud-of-it.html. Retrieved 2007-11-24. 

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