Autism Acceptance

Definition

Autism acceptance means embracing autism as a natural part of human diversity, and accepting autistic people as members of a neurological minority group who are entitled to the same rights as everyone else, with brains that are perfectly fine the way they are.

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Autism acceptance means embracing autism as a natural part of the spectrum of human diversity and accepting autism as one of many different legitimate, meaningful, and valuable ways of experiencing the world. Autism acceptance means believing that autism doesn’t need to be fixed or cured for autistics to be happy and live good lives.

Autism acceptance means treating autistic people as members of a minority group who are entitled to the same rights as everyone else. It means changing the goal for autistics from “indistinguishability” or “recovery” to living with needed supports and gaining equal opportunity with neurotypicals — supporting autistics as they are. It means helping autistic children grow into autistic adults, rather than mourning the nonexistent neurotypical child they never were.

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  • Case example: Providing nonspeaking autistics with AAC devices and encourage them to communicate about things which they find meaningful, rather than trying to force oral speech.

  • Case example: Educating autistic students in inclusive classrooms, where their needs are supported and their non-autistic peers are taught to treat them with respect and understanding.

  • Case example: Letting autistic people stim, rather than treating stims as behavior problems.

  • Case example: Early intervention that focuses on supporting an autistic child in learning, growing, and developing into a self-directed autistic adult, rather than attempting to suppress or eliminate autistic behaviors or make the child neurotypical.

  • Case example: Supporting autistic adults in living, working, developing relationships, and leading self-directed lives in their communities.

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