Autistic Pride

An autistic pride flag. The infinity symbol represents neurodiversity, the rainbow represents the pride movement. Gold is used by autistic advocates as the chemical symbol for gold is Au. This flag is free to use, see bottom of this page.

Autistic Pride Day was first celebrated in 2005 by Aspies for Freedom and it quickly became a global event which is celebrated widely online and offline. AFF modelled the celebration on the gay pride movement.  According to Kabie Brook, the co-founder of Autism Rights Group Highland (ARGH), “the most important thing to note about the day is that it is an autistic community event: it originated from and is still led by autistic people ourselves”, i.e. it is not a day for other charities or organisations to promote themselves or stifle autistic people. The rainbow infinity symbol is used as the symbol of this day, representing “diversity with infinite variations and infinite possibilities”.

The purpose of Autistic Pride is to show to the world that we are proud of being autistic and that we are not diseased or defective or in need of a cure. We have as much right to live a happy and fulfilled life as neurotypicals.

For much of the time many of us suppress or feel ashamed of our autistic behaviours. For this day we can cast any shame aside and be ourselves. The purpose of an Autistic Pride event is to create a space for autistic people to allow us to be ourselves.

For more background information on Autistic Pride, you can read a speech given by organiser Joseph Redford at London Autistic Pride 2019 here.

 

Upcoming Autistic Pride Events

If you would like to post a poster for your event below, please email it to us at team@autisticempire.com.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most Autistic Pride events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. In 2020, a group of Autistic Pride organisers came together to create an online event, open to everybody from anywhere. Here we can be proud to be autistic and assert ourselves for a day.

 

It was held on Zoom and streamed through YouTube. You can view some speeches from the day on the Autistic Pride Alliance YouTube channel here.

 

Autistic Empire’s founder, Sarah McCulloch, spoke on the topic of autistic inclusion which you can see on our YouTube channel here.

 

Speaker Schedule:
9:30-10 am – Autistic Pride Alliance
10-11am London Autistic Pride – Joseph Redford
11-12am Aberdeen Autistic Pride @Marion McLaughlin
12-12:20pm Jess Benton
12:20 -1pm: Autistic Kids, and clips that the makers of Pablo have prepared for us.
1-2 pm Mark Blake – Autistic League/Autistic Pride Tunbridge Wells Removing M H Difficulties
2-3 pm Autistic Pride Reading
3-4 pm Billie Jo Gibson -Liverpool Autistic Pride – LGBTQIA+
intersectionality within the autistic community.
4-5pm – Autistic Paddies (Autistic Pride Dublin)
5-6pm David Gray-Hammond, Neuroclastic
6-6:30pm Emma Dalmayne and William Vanderpuije
6:30-7 pm Adrie Van Der Meer-Autistic Pride Eastbourne
7-7:30pm Dominic Peter Barron: Hull Autistic Pride
7:30-8pm Callum Brazzo
8-9 pm Sara Jane Harvey – Chester Autistic Pride
9-10pm Gwen Nelson – History Of Autistic Pride and Why we Started it

 

Autistic Pride around the World

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, nearly all offline Autistic Pride events were cancelled for the foreseeable future.

You can see a map of Autistic Pride Events all around the world in 2019:

 

Autistic Pride in the UK

Setting up an Autistic Pride event is super-easy and can be done with very short notice. If you have any questions about setting up an event where you are, you can join the “Autistic Pride Alliance” Facebook group for help with organising.

 

Autistic Pride Picnic 2018.

 

Autistic Pride Flag

The Autistic Empire has released a high-resolution, professionally designed, autistic pride flag under the Creative Commons free culture licence permitting any use of this flag, including commercial use, as long as attribution is made to the Autistic Empire (see details below).

The infinity symbol represents neurodiversity, the rainbow represents the pride movement. Gold is used by autistic advocates as the chemical symbol for gold is Au (from the Latin aurum). Gold is promoted as an alternative to non-autistic-led groups designating colours such as blue as a symbol for autism.

Feel free to use the autistic pride flag to make flags, banners, badges, print it, redesign it, sell it – it’s yours, forever.

Right-click to save as .png. Also available as a .eps file – please email us.

Autistic Pride Flag

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