How to Raise Autism Awareness

Do you have an autistic brother, or sister, or someone in the family with autism? Are you autistic? Just want to raise autism awareness? This is the right place to start!


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    Learn about autism. The more you learn, the easier it is to raise awareness! Be sure to read articles from writers who are actually autistic, not just non-autistic therapists who can only guess at what being autistic is like.
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    Participate in races to raise money to support autistic people, and donate to autistic-friendly organizations! Make sure that the organizations you support are well-respected within the autistic community; some "charities" actually spread damaging rhetoric that hurts autistic people.
    • A good way to spot harmful charities is to search the internet for "_____ controversy." If many autistic people write articles talking about how harmful it is, it's not a good charity.
    • Bad organizations will talk about about "missing children," "fixing" people, how "autism is a puzzle," "ruined" families, "cures" for autism, and basically any rhetoric that child murderers use to talk about their disabled victims.
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    Hang out with autistic people. Speaking to them in person can help you understand their needs and desires. Furthermore, autistic people can be loyal, sincere, and insightful friends.
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    Never support events that are sponsored by harmful organizations, even if the event itself seems nice. You are promoting an organization that hurts people, and preventing people from recognizing its damage.
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    Start a fundraiser for autism. When you have enough money, donate it to an autistic-run organization that helps improve people's lives! Examples of positive organizations are the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) and the Autistic Women's Network. Both are run by autistic people.
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    Start a Facebook page about autism acceptance, and share informative articles from autistic writers! Teach love and respect. If you have any autistic friends or family members, offer to let them help run the page.
    • Let your page be a tool for activism that organizes people to help. For example, start letter-writing campaigns and petitions to label anti-autism groups as hate groups.
    • A stance clearly in favor of autism acceptance will let autistic people around the world feel safe and appreciated for who they are.


  • Stand up against people who bully autistic people. There are many people who find it fun to make autistic people look awkward. It not only does that to them, but it also makes them afraid to socialize and learn.
  • Hang out with autistic people who share your interests. Autistic people can be incredibly passionate and well-informed about their favorite subjects! You may learn many cool new facts.
  • If an autistic person is rude to you, assume it was by accident, because it almost always is. If you are upset by it, quietly take them aside and politely explain how their words made you feel. The autistic person will be surprised and apologetic.
  • Accept autistic people for who they are. This means not making a big deal out of eye contact, specific interests, or stimming (e.g. flapping hands or rocking). Autism and its symptoms are part of their identity, and by accepting them, you have done the best possible thing.


  • Don't be mean to people with autism! It's rude, and you'll earn a bad reputation.

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Categories: Autism Spectrum | Disability Activism