Autistics Speaking Day 2020
First print and fold our fabulous Zine
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Then read the thoughts of our Neurokin.
“The purpose of ASDay is for Autistic people to use social networking media and websites to tell our own stories, our own experiences from our own lives, our difficulties, our strengths, passions and joys. This can be done in whatever manner you feel the most comfortable, on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, on your blogs, and elsewhere.” Kathryn and Corina, Founders of Autistics Speaking Day https://autisticsspeakingday.blogspot.com/
“This year when thinking about autistics speaking day, 1st Nov, I decided I wanted to write about the ways in which different speaking people use speech.” Dr Emma Goodall. To read Emma’s Blog visit https://healthypossibilities.net/2020/10/31/autistics-speaking/
“These days I live and breathe advocacy and Autistic pride. My passionate interest is autism advocacy and I spend a lot of time talking to people about autism. Autistic pride is imbued my every interaction.” Yenn Purkis. To read more visit https://yennpurkis.home.blog/2019/06/19/hard-fought-and-won-what-autistic-pride-means-to-me/
“Self Advocacy is important as individuals themselves, are the only people who truly know what they need and want.” Jen ASAN AUNZ User-Led Designer
“My name is Alex, and I am qualified to assert that advocacy is terrifying. The word itself makes me sweat behind the knees. I have poor self-confidence, I’m slow to process situations as they happen, and I struggle to think and act on the spot. As you can imagine, these traits are not particularly conducive to being a good advocate. Nor are my swampy knee-pits. And yet, they are all the more reason that I must continue to practise advocacy – with the key term being ‘practise’. While some people are naturally better advocates than others, this is a skill that spans across contexts – work, health, and relationships, as just a few examples – and emerges differently each time. Advocacy happens on a case-by-case basis, and can always be improved, finessed, and tailored to fit its many purposes. For instance, self-advocacy looks (and feels) distinct from community advocacy. Similarly, the way that we advocate for others has additional sensitivities, such as respecting someone’s confidentiality, honouring their wants and needs, and not overstepping our role. These considerations vary from person to person, and from situation to situation. As such, advocacy is not an activity that can be mastered – it relies on consistent skill-building, openness to learning and critique, and a sense of identity and purpose that develops over time. Essentially, no one will ever be a perfect advocate. What’s important is to have a community of them – each with different strengths and weaknesses, but the same commitment to equity. What’s important is that people continue to invest in their advocacy skills, trusting that the small, imperfect acts of self-determination can accumulate into something greater for us all. With that in mind, I’m going to continue practising advocacy as much as I can. And as imperfectly and sweatily as I often do. – Alex Creece ASAN AUNZ User-Led Designer
“As a social worker advocacy and self-determination are vital in the role of supporting clients and assisting them to self-advocate. As an autistic woman and mother of an autistic child, I advocate for both myself and my child. However, the most important role I have is teaching my child self-advocacy skills and supporting them to build their confidence to do so.
I want my child to grow into a young person who can speak up, make decisions, access the supports and services they need. They will know who their supporters are and how to get the information they need to support their decisions and life choices. My child is a competent person and they are confident in expressing their thoughts, feelings and the expectation of having their needs met. They are a valued person who contributes to our community. I want that amplified.” Lou
“When autistic people are only given a voice on some issues and decisions that affect us when accessing a service, it means that ‘nothing about us, without us’ is not being fully adhered to. It is a token voice and it gives the person in authority too much power.” Leeanne Marshall – Find Leeanne’s blog here https://oneautisticperson.tumblr.com/