April is coming, and with it the torrent of blue lightbulbs and puzzle pieces. For the next month, it will be even more difficult than usual for autistic people to walk around in the world without confronting reminders that we are considered tragic and unwanted by the organizations that claim to speak for us. #WalkInRed is an autistic led initiative to make the world a little less blue this April.
Participating is easy:
1. On the second day of April, put on a pair of red shoes, socks, a red shirt, skirt, pants, necktie, headband, whatever you have.
2. Post your photo to the #WalkinRed Facebook page or to any page of your own.
3. Post a link to your photo in the comments here. To paste a link, use this code:
<a href=“http://Internet URL goes here.”>Title the visitor sees.</a>
You have now completed part one of the Autism Acceptance Challenge. Thank you for your show of solidarity and/or support. Seeing you out there may give someone a moment of hope or relief on a day that is difficult for many of us.
For this challenge, orange is an acceptable alternative to red. No blue, please, except for jeans. Jeans are neutral. These are the rules.
If you are reading this, and you still don’t know what’s wrong with blue puzzle pieces and lightbulbs, please read this and this and this and this and this.