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Every October, we celebrate the unique strengths and assets that Autistics and ADHDers possess. It's also a time to bring awareness to the challenges we face due to lack of understanding and accommodation at home, work, school, and play.
ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) awareness.
Depression education and Autism acceptance.
ADHD awareness and bullying prevention.
National book month celebration and autism acceptance.
AuDHD awareness, entrepreneurship, and AAC awareness month.
Answering the most common questions I receive about Autism. Some people consider their neurotype a disability in itself because their own Autistic traits cause them distress, whereas many consider autism a disability because the world is not centred around the needs of Autistics.
Being Autistic and having ADHD is a unique neurotype, one that most professionals don't fully understand. My son and I are both AuDHD, giving me a unique blend of personal, professional, and academic experience.
The Autistic self-advocacy community has moved (as far as possible) away from using a puzzle piece, which represented us as being "broken", unknowable, unsolved mysteries. Autistics are not so puzzling if you listen to us! Many Autistic advocates are happy to educate people if they are respectful and willing to listen.
The infinity symbol represents the understanding that Autism is not on a linear. spectrum, and each autistic individual has endless possibilities and often untapped potential.
The butterfly symbol evolved from the infinity symbol because a significant majority of Autistics also have ADHD -- it's estimated that as many as 70% of Autistics may have ADHD (some diagnosed, some undiagnosed).
The butterfly or hummingbird resonate with me as ADHD symbols because they're frequently in motion. The constant movement can represent both physical (external) hyperactivity and internal hyperactivity (i.e. racing thoughts) and the challenge in keeping our brains and bodies calm.