The team at Special Kids Company give Country Child the low-down on how we can all get involved and celebrate Autistic Pride Day this year.
This year, Autistic Pride Day is on the 18th June. It has been an annual event since 2005. Every year it grows more popular with more people celebrating autistic identity, community, culture, and pride. Many people with autism often feel alienated socially and like they don’t fit in. Well not on Autistic Pride Day! The 18th of June is a day people with autism can gather and celebrate their similarities, differences and what makes each one of them special. Autistic Pride Day aims to raise awareness by providing information on autism and support for charitable organisations. This doesn’t mean it can’t be hugely fun as well. As the day draws nearer, here are a few ideas of how you can get involved with and celebrate within your local community.
Throw a party
If you ever needed an excuse to throw a fun party, here’s one. Throwing a party for Autistic Pride will help raise awareness for autism, but also, parties are super fun for children and adults alike. Invite your friends, family, and everyone in between. It doesn’t have to only involve people with autism. Getting people who aren't familiar with autism involved is a great way to spread positivity and education about what it is like living with autism. You could put out a donation box at the party to raise funds for your favourite autism charity. Your party is not just fun. It can also help you to support people in need. There will be food, music, dancing, and a great atmosphere making this Autistic Pride Day, one to remember.
Host or attend a public Autistic Pride Day Event
There are events across the country providing fun activities for adults, children, and families on Autistic Pride Day. There is the annual London Autistic Pride picnic held in Hyde Park. Here people with autism gather, eat and get to know each other. There are other get-togethers organised at the local scale which you might enjoy attending as a way to meet new people in your community. If you find the Autistic Pride Day activities are few and far between in your area, perhaps it’s your time to shine a light on autism by hosting your own event. This is easier now than ever with the use of social media to organise events. It doesn’t have to cost you anything, they can be held in public places like parks. These events could be picnics, trips to fun places like theme parks or lakes, group sports, or anything your mind can come up with. The opportunities for fun are endless, all you need is a bit of imagination.
Show your rainbow infinity
If neither of the previous options are for you, maybe you will decide to go about your normal day. But, in honour of Autistic Pride day, why not show your pride by wearing the rainbow infinity symbol on a hat or as a badge, for example. This is the official symbol of autistic pride and, as it is not common, it may catch the attention of people who want to know more about it. This gives you an opportunity to interact with others and spread the word about autistic pride.
Special Kids Company supports autistic pride day. We want children with autism and special needs to be comfortable in their own skin and also in their clothing. This is why we specialise in creating comfortable and stylish clothing for children with special needs that they will look and feel great in. To shop our range visit https://specialkids.company/.