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 here.
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.
Autistic Pride around the World
There have been and will be 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.