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A Welcome Letter from Speak Spectrum: To New Readers and Autistic Advocates

WELCOME TO SPEAK SPECTRUM

Welcome to Speak Spectrum! I’d like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you. I’m glad you’re here and reading my work. While I can’t fully understand what you may be feeling. I can promise you that I’m trying my hardest to do right by you and others on the spectrum.

In the last few months, my blog has grown by leaps and bounds. I’m glad it has. It has been a rewarding experience to have so many people willing to read what I write. Share my work with their friends and peers.

Gaining a wider audience has come with some new responsibilities. As more people find my blog, there’s also an increase in the number of autistic readers. Following along with my articles.

I wanted to use my voice and platform to create awareness for the Spectrum. A place where we can come together and share hope!

As someone not on the spectrum. I cannot fully understand what life must be like for them from their perspective. That would require me being autistic myself. Which means there are limitations to how much insight I can provide on their issues or experiences. I can only come to you as a mother of a child on the Spectrum. This Publication is a place where we can all feel comfortable sharing our experiences. Me as a mother maybe you as a brother, grandfather, cousin, or friend of someone on the spectrum you might know.

FACTS, FACTS, AND MORE FACTS

More than half of parents over the age of 50 are still living with their child, as about 85% of autistic people have difficulties living independently.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_spectrum

According to the latest CDC prevalence reports, 1 in 44 children (2.3%) in the United States had a diagnosis of ASD in 2018.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autism_spectrum

With these kind of statistics Autism Spectrum is not going anywhere anytime ever. I feel instead of always looking to find news ways to help them adjust to our world. Why not try to adjust to their world. That is not asking much because they live with these challenges everyday. We need to make a change not them. Speak Spectrum will give a platform for those who want write and read about the daily lives of those on the Spectrum. So we can all get to know and understand one another better. I encourage everyone to share their stories. Your story could help someone else!

I want to know everyone’s experiences. Just like at our Publication OPEN ENVELOPE. I have always wanted it to be about the writer and not just about the Publication. I feel the same about Speak Spectrum. It is a SAFE place for everyone to share stories it’s a open stage for you.

A NOTE TO MY AUTISTIC READERS AND WRITERS

I can promise you that I’m trying my hardest to do right by everyone on the Spectrum. I’m also hoping that you’ll extend me the same courtesy. As a writer not on the Spectrum I can never truly understand what it must be like to be autistic. This is not a criticism of me or you it’s a limitation of the human condition.

I will emphasize with you and what you experience. Ultimately, I’ll never really know what it’s like to be you.

I will never pretend I know as an autistic person. I will share my truth and resources with you as a mother of a 7 year old on the spectrum. I want to know all that I can to help others not be alone in their own situations.

I’m willing to learn from you to read your work. And to engage with you as best I can. So that I can improve my understanding of your situation and write about it in a way that takes your experiences into account as much as I can.

WHAT I AIM TO DO WITH THIS PUBLICATION

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I started Speak Spectrum to share my thoughts on Disability and Society, but also to create a safer space for autistic individuals to be heard as well.

I want to be more than just a writer, I want to be a true advocate for autistic individuals. My platform gives me a chance to do that.

Speak Spectrum wants to hear from you!

To do that I had to make conscious effort to make my writings more inclusive, welcoming and safe for autistic readers and writers. I have to be conscious of the language I use, the perspectives I write from and the reader /writer relationships that I foster through my work.

I’ve learned a lot since I started writing and now that I’ve gained a wider audience. I’ve also had the chance to engage with autistic readers who’ve helped me see how I can do better.

They’ve offered me feedback on my articles, recommended reading and challenged me on my perspectives, biases, languages and I’m grateful for all of it.

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT ME AND MY WRITING

I’m an ally: I’m not an autistic, I’m the mother of an autistic child. I’m on the side of autistic individuals, trying to help society understand and support them better.

I write from a place of privilege. Not by being on the spectrum but having a child that is on the Spectrum. I feel I have certain responsibilities, I want all autistic individuals to feel welcome in my space and my writing.

I want all readers to know that autistic readers their experiences are valid and important to my writing and to the Spectrum Community. Whether you’re an autistic individual, a parent of an autistic child, a researcher, a professional in the field, someone without any connection to the autistic community at all you’re all welcome here. I want to hear from you, engage with you, and learn from you.

It has helped me identify ways to make my work more inclusive, more useful, and more meaningful towards autistic individuals.

3 WAYS TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM

First you can expand your empathy and understanding of the issues that autistic individuals face to better include their experiences in your writing.

You can also try to include autistic perspectives in your writing by including pieces by autistic writers in your content.Engaging with autistic readers, or just open up a dialogue with them on social media.

Second you can avoid including language that may marginalize autistic individuals or be exclusionary to certain identities. You can also avoid using harmful language or imagery that may reinforce stereotypes about autistic people or their experiences. Finally, you can support autistic writers and amplifying their voices by reading their work and sharing their articles and perspectives with your friends and peers.

2 ways your contributions and awareness can be more inclusive of all people on the spectrum

2 ways your contributions and awareness can be more inclusive of all people on the spectrum

First, you can advocate for more inclusive policies and practices in your community. You can push for more inclusive hiring practices in your organization, more accessible spaces in your city. Second, you can educate yourself about the challenges autistic individuals face.

If you would like to submit a story please submit to email below

Editor @ Freckleandlemonade@gmail.Com

SUBMIT STORY @ MEDIUM.COM

https://medium.com/speak-spectrum

You can learn about the challenges faced by autistic children in school, autistic adults in the workforce, and autistic individuals in social settings. You can learn about the challenges faced by autistic individuals in accessing health care, in obtaining support, and in accessing justice.

Third, you can provide support to autistic individuals. You can support autistic children in school, autistic adults in the workforce, and autistic individuals in social settings.

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