The Autism Acceptance Project is dedicated to promoting acceptance of and accommodations for autistic people in society.
The Autism Acceptance Project (TAAProject) will bring forth a different and positive view about autism to the public in order to foster understanding and acceptance, and to empower parents and autistic people.
We, as autistic people and friends and family of autistic individuals, do not see autism as a “tragic epidemic.” We view autism as a part of life – with both challenges and abilities that deserve to be accommodated. We believe that autistic individuals have the right to participate in all levels of autism advocacy, at all levels of government, and at all agencies and committees making policies about autism, alongside families and supporters.
TAAProject has presented critical lectures and exhibitions. We named our organization a “project” in order to address the salient issues in the best format possible each year. This will entail future exhibitions, online communities, and other creative endeavours. In so doing, TAAProject seeks to debate science, autism “belief” and public representations. We will also investigate and support educational needs backed by accurate science. TAAProject is interested in scientific, sociological, philosophical, creative and ethical answers to the question, “what kinds of help do autistics need in order to succeed and contribute to society as autistic people?”
In seeking to accomplish the above, TAAProject supports:
- Continued forums for exhibitions, lectures and other creative endeavours by autistic people and their supporters;
- Advocacy for understanding and acceptance of autistic individuals by society;
- The greater understanding of autistic ability and challenges, and inclusive as well as special education that understands and educates autistic intelligence, and accomodates the challenges of autism;
- Seeking ways to provide access for autistic individuals to participate both in our online and offline events, and address anti-ableism issues;
- Support groups for families and autistic individuals;
- A speaker’s bureau of autistic individuals and their supporters.
TAAProject wishes to model inclusion by having autistic and non autistic individuals working together on committees and our board of directors. We believe that we learn by working together.
Without this over-riding moral obligation to treat every human being with value, respect and dignity, we cannot establish acceptance, support, and inclusion of autistic people in society.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The Autism Acceptance Project
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