Zoom Autism Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2015 - Page 64

“Autism acceptance means, to me, less isolation and rejection. When given the right opportunities and support, I/we are capable of leading happy and successful lives. Autistics often struggle with basic social skills like interpreting nonverbal cues or understanding widely-recognized rules of etiquette. We/I are too often branded as rude or antisocial. Autistics tend to have highly specialized interests and idiosyncratic personality traits. We/I tend to experience disproportionate adversity when trying to develop meaningful interpersonal connections, instead encountering isolation, rejection, and outright hostility throughout our lives. The biggest obstacle we/I face is lack of understanding from neurotypicals.” Larr Slick “Autism Awareness means, to me, taking the time to get to know a person before you assume to know what their challenges and/or limitations are. You may just be surprised at what you find. And you may make a great friend in the process.” Jenn from Em’s Journey “Autism acceptance means many things to my family. It means making insurances cover needs, it means schools giving children needed help and services, it means educating doctors, it means hoping for a time when these things won’t need to be fought for – they will be deserved and just given – it means eating in restaurants without glares, it means people opening doors for our wheelchair, understanding that my sons cannot wait in lines, cannot always be patient, and may sometimes melt down. Acceptance is knowing that this is ok. It means not judging them, us, or other families like us. Accepting them as is. Celebrating their differences, supporting their abilities, their achievements and comparing them only to themselves not to others. Acceptance to our family would mean a world that doesn’t discriminate, only sees their beauty, like we do.” Mary Ellen Desmarais 64 Zoom Autism Through Many Lenses “No different to acceptance of any kind – just let people be who they are, no judgment, no discrimination.” Ali Finlayson