New Year’s Day 2016 is upon us. I eminent can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me and for autistic people like me.
We still have a long way to go being understood and included in all aspects of community life. We have to a do a lot better starting at the beginning of autistic lives. Parents need less fear from doctors and more tempered guidance about autism neurology. Early childhood teachers and experts need to realize that autism is not a crisis to be solved, and that little kids need time to just be little. Teachers need to be better educated about the unique needs of autistics; especially the we need more presuming competence, and more understanding of how autism neurology learns differently. Lots of people need to realize that autism doesn’t mean stagnant development, it means different development timeline.
My hopes for 2016 are that we start getting autism right, and are willing to shed comfortable yet incorrect ideas about autism that keep us from getting the education and lives that we want and need. I look forward to the coming year being one for autistic voices being heard and listened to.
Happy New Year to all!