Autism Acceptance Month
15 April 2020
What is Autism?
Autism is a lifelong neuro-developmental disability with a broad range of effects on social skills, language, and sensory processing. There are also a huge number of strengths that can come with autism. Every autistic person is different, just as every non-autistic person is.
What is Autism Acceptance month?
April is sometimes called Autism Awareness month; however, many autistic activists as found this wording, and the campaigns it inspired, focused on autism as a problem in and of itself and were dissatisfied by this. They created Autism Acceptance month as an alternative campaign which put the focus on celebrating neurodiversity in general and autism in particular, and on creating a world in which autistic people can thrive.
What is Neurodiversity?
Neurodiversity is the idea that humans are naturally diverse in our neurology and that like any other type of diversity this is a good thing but that those in a minority are often at a disadvantage because of problems with how our institutions behave. Examples of neurodiversity include autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and dyscalculia.
So what are we doing?
To celebrate Autism Acceptance month, we will be tweeting online resources which you have full access to as ARU staff and students. Some of what we will be sharing will focused on autism and some won’t be, but all will be created, at least in part, by autistic creators – we hope that by doing this we can show, in a small way, how much we appreciate the contribution autistic people have made to our library, and inspire people to think differently about autism and neurodiversity as a whole.