Happy Autistic Pride Day!
Autistic Pride Day, an Aspies for Freedom initiative, is a celebration of the neurodiversity of people on the autism spectrum on 18 June each year. Autistic pride recognises the innate potential in all people, including those on the autism spectrum.
On June 18 every year, organizations around the world celebrate Autistic Pride Day, with events around the world, to persuade neurotypicals, people not on the autism spectrum, that autistic people are unique individuals who should not be seen as cases for treatment.
Autistic Pride Day was first celebrated in 2005 by Aspies for Freedom, and it quickly became a global event which is still celebrated widely online. AFF modelled the celebration on the gay pride movement.
According to Kabie Brook, the co-founder of Autism Rights Group Highland (ARGH), "The most important thing to note about the day is that it is an autistic community event: it originated from and is still led by autistic people ourselves." It is not a day for other charities or organizations to promote themselves or stifle autistic people. The rainbow infinity symbol is used as the symbol of this day, representing "diversity with infinite variations and infinite possibilities."
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