Hi there! The fact that you clicked on the link that led to this blog post shows that you support Autism Awareness. *high five* My name is Toks Bakare and I am a UK trained Behaviour Analyst and founder of asktoks.com. Today I...
We are often told to be “aware” of autism. But what does that do, really? With awareness comes acceptance. And for my son acceptance means being able to live his life. A few years ago, I took my son for a walk to our local shopping center. We have done this every weekend day since […]
It's April, that annual demonstration of how autism "awareness" can be used to hurt people like Leo. When autism awareness is deployed as a weapon—especially without autism understanding or acceptance—it enables hateful crusades like the recent anti-vaxxer autism martyr parent #SaidNoMother parade of self-congratulatory ignorance.I already wrote about how much the performative victimhood of #SaidNoMother […]
[image: Me and my three kids sitting on a bench in a San Francisco parkin 2015, eating ice cream and enjoying each other's company.]People all over the planet are observing World Autism Awareness Day today. My autistic friends and my family, however, prefer to follow The Autistic Self-Advocacy's example and observe Autism Acceptance Day.Why acceptance? Because autistic people like my […]