Autism Acceptance Month,
April 2016 : Say No To Blue !!!!!
Comprehensive Guide to Blogs and Events
Autism Acceptance Articles:
Six Years Ago, This Happened, by Catherine Hayes
My baby boy, my last child, turned six years old yesterday. My oh my how time flies. Just a couple of weeks ago, I noticed that there was no trace of baby left. He is all boy. That revelation brought a proud tear to my eye. He has been through some obstacles in his six years of life, but has the most joyous outlook on life. His smile and laughter are infectious. It is truly amazing how much he has grown in six years.
Cure for Autism is Acceptance
Sadly, many people continually look for an cure for autism, not recognising that autism is not a disease, or a fault: It is simplty a neurological difference. Neurodiversity is the understanding that there are various neurologies throughout the population; such as autism, and those who are Neurolgically typical (NT), and they are all of equal worh. Please read this excellent article about Neurodiversity : http://autismdigest.com/neurodiversity/
Among the popular fallacies in the commumity, from those who falsely believe that autism is a disease, is that autism is caused by vaccinations. Please read the excellent article below showing that even the anti-vaxxers can't find a link !!!
Anti-Vaxxers Fund Study That Finds Zero Link Between Vaccinations And Autism
October 6, 2015 | by Josh L Davis
Autism Speaks "light it up blue " campaign
Autism $peaks are a racists orgnisation that believe in curing and eliminating autistics. Please do not participate in their "light it up blue" campaign or support them in any way. There are dozens of articles showing what a dreadful organisation they are. This is a great video about them by the very popular, Amythest .
Is Autism Speaks a Hate Group? Amy Sequenzia. August 19, 2014.
**** See more information in our "Autism Campaigns For
April, 2015" section below ***
Contributions From Facebook Groups :
World Of Autism - Making it an Ausome Positive One
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Light Up Colours Autism Day 2016
Photo Project for April Autism
Acceptance Day : Giving Autism a face
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Color The World for Autism
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Autism Awareness Day is April 2nd, 2015, and Autism Awareness Month is celebrated right throught April. Most autism advocates celebrate Autism Acceptance Day, and Autism Acceptance Month instead, as they want to be accepted as equals by the community, rather than just achieve awareness of their existence.
"Light it up Blue" is the well known campaign by the charity Autism Speaks for the month of April. Lots of other charities and Autism organisations have taken their lead in making 'blue' the colour which represents Autism.
Autism Campaigns for April, 2015
So why does this effect MMS? I think there is a link, perhaps not direct, but there is. Autism Speaks raises its money as a direct scaremongering tactic. The minute someone suggests you child might have autism, you may look up about Autism. You may see the terrifying Autism Speaks videos stating that the 'Autism' will completely ruin your life. What is the first thing that will come into your head? 'We need to find a cure'.
Luckily, 10 years too late, unfortunately, Autism Speaks have made a statement to agree with all scientific evidence, that vaccinations and Autism have no connection: Better late than never, eh!! https://www.autismspeaks.org/…/information-about-vaccines-a…
Anyway, for some people, colour doesn't matter, for others, its very important. So from the team here at bancdmms.com, we are asking you, as a mark of protest against the scaremongering of Autism Speaks, to pick a colour other than blue this year. Please also see the flashblog, http://idontneedacure.blogspot.com.au/p/comment-page.html , built by the wonderful Lori Pollard.
Please fill your website, fb groups, timelines and twitter feeds, with positive autism messages this year. Help us stop the abuse, by helping stop the stigma attached to Autism.
Here are some lovely pics for you to share.
Autism awareness is always good, and autism acceptance even better, http://www.blogher.com/april-autism-acceptance-month. However, the charity Autism Speaks, isn't good at all. In fact, there is a big campaign against Autism Speaks called
#boycottautismspeaks, as well as lots of individual projects against Autism Speaks. All the reasons are highlighted here: http://www.boycottautismspeaks.com/why-boycott-1.html; Autism Activist, Fiona O'Leary,
http://www.irishexaminer.com/lifestyle/features/why-im-not-feeling-blue-on-autism-day-263914.html; and Scientist Emily Willingham, http://www.forbes.com/sites/emilywillingham/2013/11/13/why-autism-speaks-doesnt-speak-for-me/ .
To cut it short, Autism Speaks is a charity which raises its money based on the demonisation of the word 'Autism': "It will ruin your life, your child is #mssing (missing), autism is a tragedy, we need to find a cure ..." They are very effective scaremongering tactics, which bring the charity millions. The importance of the projects, where the 'millions' are spend on, is debatable too. As a direct statement to this, many Autism Advocates created the campaign, #notmssing, in protest.
Ok, so the month of April is always a difficult month for the many Autistic families. A few projects have been established to change the colour, as a direct protest to Autism Speaks.
The first being 'Light it Up Gold'. This project has had success, and is in its second year of running. It was started by the Autistic Union, who have members worldwide. They have managed to have 3 buildings, in different cities, lit up gold, instead of blue. They use the colours yellow and gold, as a symbol for lots of of their projects, including awards ceremonies, media initatives and film production.
This year, running up to the event, they are doing the splat challenge
Another campaign taking place is 'Paint it Red for Autism'. This is to celebrate Autism Acceptance. Red being in direct opposition to blue http://walkinred.weebly.com/ .
There is also the Rainbow Campaign:
"Our goal on Color the World for Autism is to spread Acceptance and also understanding of neurodiversity. During April we promote acceptance. We boycott Autism Speaks and their idea of Autism Awareness. As awareness they promote is harmful and will not promote true acceptance."