Autism Awareness versus Autism Acceptance

This infographic is a summary of how the language used in the push for “Autism Awareness” contributes to the negative dialogue around Autism, and how the move toward ACCEPTANCE of Autism counters that.

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Image title: Autism Awareness versus Autism Acceptance 

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On the left in a blue box a group of words titled “Words typically used when people are aware of Autism“. The words in the box are: epidemic, struggling, symptoms, lost, syndrome, behaviour, deficit, disorder, tragedy, tantrums, suffering, challenging, therapy, burden, cure, hopeless, treatment, puzzle, compliance.

On the right in a green box a group of words titled “Words typically used when Autistic people are accepted“. The words in the box are: diversity, support, value, community, strengths, belong, identity, achieve, accommodations, competence, advocacy, self care, love, celebrate, unique, understand, worth, goals, respect.

A question at the bottom of the page reads “Which words do you use when speaking about Autistic people?”

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