An impromptu, grassroots movement that sprung up in the last few days has evolved into one of the best Autism Awareness campaigns I’ve ever seen. Beauty in simplicity — people on the spectrum, and those that love them, have been sharing pictures to counteract the fear surrounding Asperger’s and Autism in the wake of the Newtown shooting. The media reported that the shooter was diagnosed with Asperger’s, and despite quick clarifications by the Autism Society and other advocates that no link exists between autism and violence, doubts voiced in the social media persisted, causing many of us to worry that all of our efforts to raise positive awareness had taken a few steps back.
Take a moment to scroll through the pictures on these two sites, and read about some of the beautiful and amazing people with autism who deserve understanding, respect and acceptance.
***UPDATE: Autism Shines started a website to share these photos now, here: www.autismshines.com
Here’s our contribution: