World Autism Awareness




Today is the beginning of National Autism Awareness Month in America.

It is also the eve’ of World Autism Awareness Day, which this year I greet with somewhat of a heavy heart.

I wrestled long and hard over how and even if I recognize this year’s events.

In the end, I decided to follow my heart and follow the Spirit of tomorrow and this month.



The social media prelude to Autism Awareness Day and Month has at times been awash with polarized, adversarial background noise.

  • Much of which has been diatribe bickering over the color and sovereignty of Autism Awareness Day/Month

As well as being intellectually tedious, it also detracts from the central message which is:


”This international attention is essential to address stigma, lack of awareness and inadequate support structures. Now is the time to work for a more inclusive society, highlight the talents of affected people and ensure opportunities for them to realize their potential.”

  • Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General, United Nations)
  • Message for the World Autism Awareness Day 2013


Lighting a path?

I was really struggling to see how this bickering was meeting these UN mandated objectives.

So I took a long look at myself and how I could contribute to these 3 areas and came up with a personal manifesto to:

  1. Continue my campaign of Autism blogging
  2. Allocate more time to my World Autism Project
    • Committing to at least 1 new Autism country-report per week, through April
  3. Actively connect with more people in the Autism community via Twitter
    • ESPECIALLY those with relatively few followers
    • Through and beyond the month of April
  4. Encourage people in the Autism community to think for themselves
  5. Align myself with non-adversarial Autism Advocates who are committed to using the tools of:
    • reason, logic, clarity, civility, dissent and debate
  6. Speak out, with civility, when the Emperor appears to be wearing no clothes
    • Through and beyond the month of April


The rest of my message was written by Phil Collins.



4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mindretrofit8
    Apr 01, 2013 @ 15:03:05

    Great post!

    I struggled too, I finally, allowed myself to write whatever came out. I am sure some may not agree with my take this year. However, for my own sake I had to turn it into a positive. I started to become anxious about the entire month!

    I finally, determined that I will do what I have all along, share my perspective and life because everyday is Autism awareness/acceptance for me.

    I really like your objectives and purpose!

    Sharing your post! 🙂


    • spectrumscribe
      Apr 04, 2013 @ 00:52:35

      Thanks Angelique, I enjoyed your #WAAD post, which I thought contained helpful guidelines and a timely reminder that when you’ve met one autistic person or his/her parent , you’ve met one autistic person or his/her parent.

      Thanks also for sharing your trials so honestly and so eloquently on your websites.


  2. colinb897
    Apr 03, 2013 @ 14:41:36

    Very sensible manifesto.


  3. mosaicofminds
    Apr 05, 2013 @ 10:26:23

    What a great idea! Keep doing what you do.

    I understand why the colors/symbols matter to people, but ultimately, it’s all about what people are saying about what autism is, how to end stigma, how to create equal opportunity for autistic people. Lots of people talk about these issues without ever bringing the colors or symbols into it. Kudos to you for not losing sight of the big picture–love your goals and looking forward to reading your thoughts this month and into the future!


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