A New Decade of Autism Appreciation

In the Loop About Neurodiversity

Image description: A neurodiversity flag that Autistics 4 Autistics Ontario (A4A) raised in April, 2019 at Toronto City Hall. Photo credit: Anne L from London Autistics Standing Together (LAST)

As 2020 approaches, it is almost the start of not only a new year, but a new decade. It has been over twenty years since the term, “neurodiversity” was coined in 1998. How has the neurodiversity movement progressed throughout the decades, and what should the next decade look like for autistic advocacy?

In the 1990’s to 2000’s, the Americans with Disabilities Act was established thanks to the hard work of disabled activists. Autistic advocate, Jim Sinclair presented his speech,“Don’t Mourn for Us,”at the 1993 International Conference on Autism in Toronto, which told parents of autistic children as well as society at large not to grieve for autistic people, but to celebrate them. Sinclair also co-founded the Autism Network International…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is nathan@autismcandles.com. Feel free to contact me. https://www.autismcandles.com

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