AUTISTIC PRIDE DAY
Autistic Pride Day on June 18th raises awareness and celebrates the similarities and the uniqueness of people with autism. The most significant aspect of Autistic Pride Day is that it’s organized by people with autism demonstrating their ability to advocate for themselves.
The day is an opportunity for communities and employers to learn more about the value people with autism bring with them. Their wide variety of skills and sharp focus fit well in many structured business cultures. The day is designed to highlight these abilities and improve understanding they benefit both the individual and the people around them.
For example, many people on the autistic spectrum have a low tolerance for mistakes and pay excellent attention to detail. Around the world, more than 25 million people are estimated to be affected by autism. Approximately 1 in 59 children are on the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network. By 2025, the cost of caring for Americans with autism will rise to $461 billion.
HOW TO OBSERVE
On June 18, wear the infinity rainbow pin or ribbon for autism awareness.
Since autism is a spectrum disorder, each person will have diverse strengths and challenges. There is no particular example of autism but many subtypes. Learn about autism, and it’s related conditions at the Autism Science Foundation website or the Autism Speaks website.
Aspies for Freedom founded Autistic Pride Day in 2005 by Aspies for Freedom to raise public awareness and celebrate the similarities and differences of people with autism. It quickly became a global event which is celebrated widely online and offline.
Aspies For Freedom (AFF) is a solidarity and campaigning group aimed at raising public awareness of the autism rights movement. The aim of AFF is to educate the public that the autism spectrum is not always a disability and that there are advantages as well as disadvantages.
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