Today is the first day of April, or so they tell me. Things are a bit blurry at the moment.
Anyway, April is “Autism Awareness Month” and tomorrow, April 2, is “World Autism Day”.
I am sure that there will be blue lightbulbs for as far as the eye can see. Last year, if I’m not mistaken, places like the White House and the Empire State Building participated in the “Light It Up Blue” campaign from Autism Speaks.
This year, I am completely in the weeds with my book, with a couple of hard deadlines looming this month. I simply do not have the time to write again about why “Autism Awareness” is problematic, or why Autism Speaks is unsavory at best. So, I am simply going to redirect you back to my post from last April and then I am going to get back to work.
One last word of caution: Before donating to any charity or nonprofit, do some research. If you want to donate to an autism support network, then that is wonderful, but look before you leap. Consider donating to a local organization or school, instead of an international entity that is unwelcome in many autism communities.
Last year’s post: https://simondoesntsay.com/2016/04/02/acceptance-not-awareness/