Autism is a kind of developmental disorder that is also called Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social abilities, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. The disorder is characterized by difficulties with social communication and interaction. The indications of Autism are often noticed during the first three years of their behavior. In order to encourage the ones with this disorder, Autistic Pride Day is celebrated. So let’s see more about the history of the day, the celebration, and more in the upcoming article.
History of Autistic Pride Day
In 2005, the first Autistic Pride Day was celebrated by Aspies for Freedom (AFF), who modeled the celebration on the gay pride movement. The day is to encourage people with Autism and helps them to have better opportunities and guidance in their life. This day also remembers that people with Autism are not to be separated instead, they should be embraced with love. So let’s see more about that day and events that happen in the day.
How to Celebrate the Day
The Day is celebrated on June 18 of every year. The goal of the day is to recognize the importance of autistic people and bring positive and concrete changes in society. On this day, various events, awareness programs, concerts, rallies, and more happens based on some theme. If you are not able to present at the event physically, then you can share your thought or inspiring stories about an autistic person you know or images or videos related to the day on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., with the hashtag #AutisticPrideDay. You can also enjoy the day by watching some inspiring Autism related movies or TV shows like Atypical, My Name is Khan, Please Stand By, A Brilliant Young Mind, etc.
Other Celebrations on June 18
June 18 is also celebrated as
- Sustainable Gastronomy Day
- National Splurge Day
- International Picnic Day
- National Go Fishing Day
- International Panic Day
- International Sushi Day
- Clean Your Aquarium Day
- National Cherry Tart Day
- Fathers Day
Themes of the Day
- 2005 – Acceptance not cure
- 2006 – Celebrate Neurodiversity
- 2007 – Autistics Speak. It’s time to listen
- 2008 and 2009 – No theme
- 2010 – Perspectives, not fear
- 2011 – Recognize, Respect, and Include
- 2012 to 2021 – No theme
- 2022 – Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World.
- 2023 – Transforming the narrative: Contributions at home, at work, in the arts and in policymaking.
Thank You for reading the article. Hope this day inspires you a lot. Celebrate every day of your life with Happydays365.org. Happy Autistic Pride Day 2023 and be kind to one another.