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I am an Autistic person,not a person with autism. I am also not Aspergers. The diagnosis isn't even in the DSM anymore, and yes, I agree with the consolidation of all autistic spectrum stuff under one umbrella. I have other issues with the DSM.

I don't like Autism Speaks. I'm Disabled, not differently abled, and I am an Autistic activist. Self-advocate is true, but incomplete.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Artistically Preparing for April

April is autism all the things month, essentially. And the biggest organization around (Autism Speaks, please shush now because you suck in many, many ways) chose blue as their color because blue is for boys. No, really, that's why they chose blue. They do an event called Light It Up Blue each April, on April 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day because they went and arranged for it to be that day.

There are counter-events. There is Tone it Down Taupe, which comes from a friend of mine. They even managed to give a tablet or two to autistic people who needed them last year. I personally tend to go for wearing orange because that's as far from blue as I can get. Then there is Walk in Red.

I have no illusion that any of the counter-events raise awareness or anything of the sort, though Tone it Down Taupe has accomplished actual stuff in terms of giving away a tablet or two. I think it was two. However, it makes me feel better knowing that I'm as far away from the nonsense of light it up blue as possible, so I wear orange anyways. Or orange and red, as the case may be.

That's why I made the design I call Autumn on my Spoonflower! It's red and red-brown and orange and yellow-orange, all of which are far from blue and resemble counter-event colors. Then I bought some of it with which to make a new skirt. (This is actually my second home-made orange for April item, or it will be when it's done.) I also made the fabric available publicly for sale in case anyone else wants to be crafty, be anti-LIUB, and support an Autistic artist all at once.

Picture of my autumn fabric on the floor of my office, with scissors at the upper left and scraps to the lower right.

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