It’s April. I’m probably supposed to say “Happy Autism Awareness Month”, but I’m not going to. Being autistic in April is hard. I don’t need you to display blue lights for autism awareness. I don’t need you to be aware of autism. Honestly. I don’t.
Earlier this week I posted to my Facebook page a few thoughts about Sesame Street’s new puppet, Julia, who “has autism”. I’m putting those thoughts here, for reference, and following them with some further thoughts having now watched the new videos including Julia that have been added to the Sesame St website.
On Tuesday 14 March, I attended TeachMeet Human Rights in Sydney. It was a wonderful event, with many excellent presentations. I was honoured to be invited to present a 7 minute talk on Autism and Inclusion.
Inclusion in education is a human right, yet there is much about our education system that makes it inaccessible to autistic students. I spoke about the experience of autistic students and how to make schools and classrooms more welcoming and accessible, using strategies to avoid the practice of seclusion and restraint that we have seen occurring recently.
I spend so much of my time in public *not stimming*. I really wish I was more comfortable letting others see me move the way I want to….. need to.