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AUTISTIC VOICES

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I am sure some of you will have previously heard the phrase ‘if you’ve met one autistic person, then you’ve met one autistic person’ – or something to that effect. This is a crucial point to keep in mind for anyone who is acquainting themselves with autism. As a spectrum, no two autistic individuals are the same – each will have their own unique set of traits. This might run contrary to the rudimentary understanding that many hold about autism, which is why it is even more important to highlight differences. Each autistic person has their own experiences to share, which can illustrate just how diverse the spectrum can be and how it can affect each of our lives not only in every aspect, but also in distinctive ways from person to personWe as autistics may not always fit the societal prototype of what being an autistic individual is.

I am learning a lot every day from the community – both about myself as an autistic adult, and about autism as a whole – so I can only imagine how great the potential is to learn more about autism for allistic people. This also very much plays into the ‘nothing about us without us’ movement. For those that are unaware, this is a movement that promotes the idea that no policy should be decided by any representative without the full and direct participation of members of the group(s) affected by that policy. Indeed, throughout much of history and into the present day, a lot of vital decisions regarding autism and autistic people are made without the input of any autistic voices. This is why we should always remember how invaluable our voices are to those in the autistic and allistic communities. The more people learn from us and our experiences, the more chance there is that the barriers we currently face in society will begin to crumble – hopefully leading to a more inclusive and accessible society for everyone to enjoy and thrive. Autistic advocates play a vital part in challenging societal expectations, and combating the bias that acts as a hindrance to sustainable living for so many of us around the world. 

Ableism is still very much rampant across the world, and while one voice might not have a lasting effect. A continuing succession of voices amplify more effectively what is wrong, and what needs to change. Our individual experiences – both good and bad – are unique to us and will provide valuable insight to those inside and outside of the autistic community. Industry leaders should always welcome and encourage more diverse voices to represent the vast diversity of Autistic people to promote effective policy change towards inclusivity for all. We all must work towards promoting effective spaces that amplify those autistic voices that have been silenced for so long. 

Alex Stratikis

Alex Stratikis

Instagram: @autismadventuresabroad
Website: https://autismadventuresabroad.com/
Language: English

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  1. Luis Santana says:

    An enlightening read! The article ‘Autistic Voices’ beautifully highlights the diversity within the autistic community. It’s a powerful reminder that policies and societal norms should be shaped with the direct involvement of those they affect. The call to amplify autistic voices and tackle ableism is both urgent and necessary. This piece is an important step towards fostering a more inclusive and understanding society.

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