The last days of April mark the end of Autism Speaks’ World Autism Month, dedicated to spreading acceptance and delivering services to the autistic community and their families.
Since their inception, organizations like Autism Speaks and Cure Autism Now have fundraised for research to cure autism in what is called the “pathological paradigm.”
However, others view autism as an alternative perception of the world, a unique perspective to be celebrated rather than cured. These ideas have become the pillars of the neurodiversity movement.
“At its most basic level, neurodiversity says that all brains are neutral and that all brains are beautiful, regardless of their differences,” said Noor Pervez, the community engagement coordinator at the Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). “We’re certainly not the ones who created the movement, it’s always been there, but we intentionally work to be an outgrowth of its ideas.”