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.
Autistic Pride around the World
Below is a map of everywhere we are aware of happening in 2023. Please click on the pin for more details and links to events.
Upcoming Autistic Pride Events
If you would like to post a poster for your event below, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday June 18th 2023 from 12:00-16:00. This is a free public event, run by autistic people for autistic people, held in order to celebrate Autistic Pride. While this event is primarily aimed at autistic adults, non-autistic people and children will be very welcome.
12:00 Meet up at the site and settle down. To find the site then please click on this link for a map
12:35-13:05: Speakers, if you wish to speak this event
13:20-14:20 Further scheduled speakers and entertainment
14:30-14:45 Connection with other Autistic Prides by video link if they are running on the same day (in 2019 we connected with Manchester and Paris)
14:45-15:30 Open Mic session. Anyone can get up and make any speeches they like. Songs, music and poetry and debates are also welcome too.
15:00-15:30 If anyone is brave enough, they can make a trip to Speakers Corner and spread the message of Autistic Pride to the wider world. So far, only fve people have managed to do this. But a lot of people go to support them
15:30-16:00 Informal discussions and socialising
Autistic Pride Online Celebration 2020 and 2021
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.
Pastel Neurodiversity Symbol was released by MissLunaRose12 under the CC-by-SA 4.0 and can be accessed here.
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