What I learnt blogging every day in Autism Awareness Month

Well, this is it; the last day of my blogging marathon for April! It’s been really fun, stressful, educational, frustrating and lots of other things. But I’m SO glad I did it. Here’s what I’ve learnt:

There are loads of really talented, wonderful autistic activists out there
Some on Twitter, some on Facebook, some on WordPress and Blogger. There are hundreds of you all around the world and you are all doing your utmost to improve life for autistic people. Thank you all so much, you’re all fantastic.
If you want to check out some more autistic blogs, search for the #ActuallyAutistic tag (but please don’t use this tag if you’re not autistic)

I have amazing friends
Thank you to all my friends, new and old. Your encouragement has meant so much, especially in this last week when I’ve been so tired and stressed. My old friends have been right there with me cheering me along, and I’ve made some fabulous new friends too. A huge thank you especially to my lovely husband who has put up with me being glued to my phone (even more than usual).

The Autistic community is just fucking beautiful
You lovely people…. I get all teary just thinking about it. I’ve never felt so welcome and so at home. I don’t know where I’d be without you.

People who are not autistic have enjoyed my blog
One of my aims this month was to reach people outside the Autistic community, and I have had some lovely comments from parents of autistic children, professionals who work with autistic people, and also from people with no connection to autism. I’m so pleased that my writing is getting out there and maybe introducing some new ideas to people.

I have a stress limit and I went beyond it about 3 days ago
My eye has been twitching for days and I had a horrible migraine yesterday. I was getting serious writer’s block towards the end. April could do with being about 5 days shorter. I’m in dire need of a bit of self-care.

The future for autistic people is looking brighter all the time
I don’t know if it’s me, but I’ve noticed a lot more acceptance this April. It seems like the idea of neurodiversity is becoming more and more accepted. Sure there are still people trying to cure autism, sometimes with harmful “remedies”, but it feels like overall we are starting to shift in the right direction. There’s this whole atmosphere of inspiration and optimism and I’m excited to be a part of it.

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