The Autism Level UP Story
Autism Awareness? Autism Acceptance? Autism Appreciation? None of them work perfectly. It is true that Autism Appreciation and Acceptance seem far better than Autism Awareness, but it is also true that a large percentage of the population still lacks awareness of the realities of autism and neurodiversity. Certainly, without being aware of autism, autistics and what that all really means, someone cannot truly understand, accept, appreciate or be an ally to autistic people. Awareness - real awareness - is needed, and acceptance and appreciation are progress, but being accepting and having an appreciation are all rather low bars to set - particularly for autistic stakeholders, family members, researchers, funding organizations and policy makers.