Saturday, June 18, 2016

Autistic Pride Day 2016

Today is the 12th annual Autistic Pride Day, celebrated June 18th by Autistics around the world. I created this rainbow infinity symbol out of 140 receipts, hanging above a window in my bedroom, that I pick up at work all the time, in honor of the logo of the creators of APD, the UK-based group Aspies for Freedom (Aspie-slang term for person with Asperger syndrome). This is the first Autistic Pride Day that I have celebrated at home alone, rather than in Leadville, Colorado like the last two years, and working from 1-9:30, but that does not make this day any less special to me, which is why I made this piece. I would also like to wish a happy Autistic Pride Day (what is left of it) to my fellow autistics and their families and service providers in Warrensburg, Missouri, the town of my alma matter-understanding how difficult it is with lack of services and ignorance in rural areas for Autistics, particularly women. Know you are never alone and your fellow Autistics are out there ready to embrace you. And also a happy Autistic Pride Day to Johnson County Community College's thriving autistic community, who, being a part of I feel really shaped me into who I am today. Walk with pride.


  1. to those who have autism how would you do the things that you do with pride it is a day to celebrate your life and appreciate things around you with other people with special needs how would they feel about autism to they have the same pride as you do and would they feel the same way well I would if I have Autism life appreciates people around the world yes they also appreciate you on your goals and dreams as well and don't forget this world is big enough for all of us

  2. I agree, Tyler. The world takes all kinds of people, and we have a whole year to appreciate every one of them.