Autistic Pride Day
Autistic Pride Day is a pride celebration for autistic people held on June 18 each year. Autistic pride recognises the importance of pride for autistic people and its role in bringing about positive changes in the broader society. The aim of this day is to raise awareness amongst those who are not on the autistic spectrum disorder, so they do not see autistic people as requiring treatment, but as unique individuals. Austistic Pride Day is observed to respect the rights of persons with autism.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in 160 children have autism spectrum disorder. WHO encourages families to have an environment, which supports children with autism? Treating them as equals and engaging them in routine activities like cooking, shopping and cleaning go a long way in giving children with autism a happy life, says the top health body.
Autistic Pride Day was first celebrated by Aspies for Freedom in 2005. Who selected 18 June because it was the birthday of the youngest member of the group at that time? One of the most significant aspects of the day is that it is not run by charities; it is run by autistic people themselves. Since its beginnings, Autistic Pride Day has been a community event and not a day for other organisations to promote themselves by stifling autistic people. the day is that autistic people participate in the events on the day and families share their great success stories. Autistic Pride Day is largely a community event with all stakeholders and friends joining the celebrations. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Autistic Pride Day celebrations will be predominantly online. Happy Autistic Pride Day!
Organisations around the world celebrate Autistic Pride Day, with events around the world, to connect with one another through autistic events and demonstrate to allistic people that autistic people are unique individuals who should not be seen as cases for treatment. Writing for the Houston Press, Jef Rouner recommended five songs for Autistic Pride Day that celebrate difference and were written by autistic people.
Autistic Pride Day is represented by the rainbow infinity symbol. This symbol is used to represent the diversity of autistic people and the infinite possibilities and variations within the autistic community.