The artist for the above image is @Kayas_Kosmos.
Someday we will be accepted.
Someday I’ll be able to stop fighting through PTSD hyper vigilance, I’ll be able to sleep. I’ll be able to stop self-advocating, because the world won’t need advocates, it will have acceptance.
Someday people will realise that the origins of psychiatry and psychology are white supremacist patriarchal eugenics and it’s still applied this way.
Someday they will stop trying to cure us.
Someday children will stop being exposed to torture to be not Autistic.
Someday researchers will realise the error of their ways in trying to find a solution none of us want.
Someday people will understand they are Autistic, what that means and the beauty of it.
Someday the medical profession will help those with mental health issues or neurodivergence rather than hurting them.
Someday we will stop incarcerating people, including those who are Autistic, especially those who are from ethnic minorities.
Someday all Autistics regardless of their intellectual abilities will have their needs met, and we’ll realise that measuring intelligence is a form of eugenics.
Someday there will be adequate care for those who are late diagnosed who have cPTSD from being misunderstood.
Someday we will realise the true harm of Adverse Childhood Events and their role in forming ‘personality’ disorders, especially among neurodivergent people.
Someday we will realise that Autistic people are the canaries in the coal mine for Planet Earth.
Someday they’ll will know we care more than they realise about everything.
Someday people will realise the gifts of Autistic people.
I can’t put this any better than Kieran Rose did on his blog about Autistic Masking:
“There is a quote from the 2013 movie Man of Steel which has always stuck with me and to which I apply to the Autistic community and the narrative around not only Autism, but the direction in which humanity needs to go:
You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall.
But in time, they will join you in the sun.
In time you will help them accomplish wonders.Jor El, Man of Steel, 2013
This is what the Autistic Community means to me and our culture in particular.
Every part of it. Even those members whose thoughts and ideology I disagree with.
Perspectives that lack knowledge are often dangerously misinformed.
This paper exists because of the insight of two Autistic people, plus hundreds and thousands of others, plus the work of those who exist or existed in other equally as stigmatised and marginalised groups.
That is true knowledge.
If we keep pushing. If we keep forging ahead. If we can keep being true to our convictions. We can change things.
And one day they will join us in the sun.
(As long as I can keep wearing my sunglasses)”
Daily blog challenge
I will be writing every day on being Autistic for April using this list of prompts:
Alt-Text Format with links to other blogs – Autistic Acceptance Month – 30 Days of Acceptance and appreciation:
- Day 1 – Introduction
- Day 2 – What I love about being Autistic is…
- Day 3 – My diagnosis/discovery story
- Day 4 – Reactions to “coming out
- Day 5 – Special Interests
- Day 6 – Supports and Appreciation
- Day 7 – The Autistic Community
- Day 8 – Favorite Autistic Blog
- Day 9 – Favourite Autistic-owned Business
- Day 10 – Sensory Life
- Day 11 – Stims
- Day 12 – Favorite Autism-charity
- Day 13 – Family
- Day 14 – Routine
- Day 15 – Everyone should know…
- Day 16 – Work/School
- Day 17 – Accommodations
- Day 18 – Someday…
- Day 19 – I hate it when…
- Day 20 – Communication
- Day 21 – One thing other people don’t understand
- Day 22 – Dispel a myth
- Day 23 – Can’t live without…
- Day 24 – Political Issue
- Day 25 – Symbols!
- Day 26 – Favorite Autism book
- Day 27 – Identity Language
- Day 28 – Dealing with meltdowns
- Day 29 – Famous Autistics
- Day 30 – Acceptance means…