In aid of Autistic Pride Day, our apprentice, Megan has written a blog on the importance of the day.
Autistic Pride Day
Autistic Pride Day was founded by Aspies for Freedom in 2005, and takes place annually on June 18th. The aim is to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and aid in education surrounding neurodiversity, thus accepting and supporting autistic people in the society and workplace. The end goal is to remove the stigma of “disease” to “difference” and allow all individuals to normalise and accept the uniqueness of some.
What is the theme for Autistic Pride Day 2023?
The theme for World Autism Awareness Day 2023 is “Transforming the narrative: Contributions at home, at work, in the arts and in policymaking”, a call to bring up awareness about autism.
This year’s theme aims to help autistic people to claim their dignity and self-esteem and be an integrated and valued member of society.
A person with autism has their own unique strengths and abilities. There are many famous people with autism spectrum disorder who have used their strengths and abilities to achieve success, fame, advocacy, and more.
Examples of influential people with autism
Henry Cavendish – Scientist well known for discovering hydrogen
Charles Darwin – Naturalist, Geologist, and Biologist
Sir Isaac Newton – Mathematician, Astronomer, & Physicist
Jerry Seinfeld – Comedian
Elon Musk – Entrepreneur
Vincent van Gogh – Artist
Sylvester Stalone – Actor
Greta Thunberg – Activist