Autism Awareness is not about the color blue, nor a catchy tagline campaign, Autism Speaks; “Light it up blue”, however well intended, is missing the mark.
Screwing a blue lightbulb into your porch light may demonstrate solidarity, however, supporting “awareness” has little impact on the real issue, acceptance.
There are over 2 million adults on the Autistic Spectrum in the US without adequate resources or a support community to improve quality of life, this is largely due to fear of social stigma, lack of understanding and misinformation.
85% of this population are unemployed or underemployed, yet many are college educated and/or professionally trained in a specific area of interest (think code schools or trade schools, etc.)
There is no global spokesperson advocating for this population, and the social stigma prevents those who could make a difference from speaking out.
Over 80% of the estimated $350 billion spent is disproportionately provided to children, families and curative research.
I, as Founder of Sexy Genius and a Neurodiversity advocate do not care about the politics of Autism, I do not opine on whether vaccines cause Autism or if there are environmental or genetic causes. I am not a part of any “movement” aligned on one side or another.
I am an adult with a neurological disorder that went undiagnosed for 40 years. I have spent nearly a decade searching for answers, support and resources that validate the fact that an adult can suffer the same neurological challenges that are seen in children; ADHD, Dyslexia, Aspergers, etc.
As an adult, I have learned to adapt and mask certain behaviors to present as my Neurotypical peers do, but the energy it requires is exhausting.
I believe that the term “Autism” coined over 70 years ago by Dr. Leo Kanner, the father of American childhood psychiatry, is in need of redefining.
The current reference to an “Autism Spectrum” seems a more fitting definition. Providing for high functioning or low functioning Autism and other closely related disorders to benefit from the same acceptance is a move in the right direction.
Awareness is a polite first step.
Founder | CEO | Neurodiversity Advocate
Sexy Genius PBC