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When is Autistic Pride Day 2024? Date, theme, history, significance and more

Autistic Pride Day 2024 will be a day to celebrate the progress made in terms of autism acceptance and a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. It will be a day to honour and celebrate the diversity and strengths of the autistic community.

Written By: Kristina Das @https://twitter.com/KristinaDas2 New Delhi Published on: June 17, 2024 19:29 IST
Autistic Pride Day 2024
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Every year on June 18th, the autistic community comes together to celebrate a day of pride and acceptance. This day is known as Autistic Pride Day and it has been observed since 2005. However, in 2024, this day will hold even more significance as it marks the 20th anniversary of Autistic Pride Day.

As we look forward to this milestone celebration, let's delve deeper into the history and significance of Autistic Pride Day.

The Date

Autistic Pride Day is observed on June 18th every year. This date was chosen to coincide with the birthday of renowned autism rights activist, Dr. Jim Sinclair. Dr Sinclair is credited with coining the term "autistic pride" in his famous essay "Don't Mourn for Us" published in 1993.

The Theme

This year, the theme of World Autistic Pride Day is "Taking the Mask Off." 

The History

Autistic Pride Day was first celebrated in 2005 by Aspies for Freedom, a now-defunct autism advocacy organisation. This day aimed to raise awareness about autism and promote acceptance and understanding of neurodiversity. It also sought to counter the negative stereotypes and stigma attached to autism.

Since then, Autistic Pride Day has gained recognition and support from individuals, organizations, and communities around the world. It has become a platform for autistic individuals to come together and celebrate their unique identities, strengths, and contributions to society.

The Significance

Autistic Pride Day holds great significance for the autistic community as it is a day dedicated to celebrating their identities and promoting acceptance and understanding of neurodiversity. For too long, autistic individuals have been marginalized and discriminated against due to societal misconceptions about autism.

This day is an opportunity for autistic individuals to reclaim their narrative and showcase their pride in being who they are. It also serves as a reminder for society to recognize and appreciate the diversity and value that neurodiversity brings to the world.

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