Autism Acceptance Month Advocacy Campaign & Photo Narrative
Advocate autistic voices
Advocate autistic love
Advocate for your autistic self
Advocate autistic opinions
I'm a neuro-typical parent Autistic child of color. He's a minority within a minority which means he'll be under attack for all the things that make him unique. For all the things ignorant folks won't accept and refuse to understand.
I am not an neuro-diverse autistic person so I can never say that I can actually speak to what my son experiences on a daily basis. I am not here to educate you on autism since there are many levels of the spectrum where actually autistic folks can be. I simply want to share the genuine happiness Knox expresses everyday and my dream is that one day he'll be able to turn the camera on himself and capture his everyday journey.
I do not consider Knox a prisoner of what he can't do. Knox is verbal, his expressive language is unique in that his entire day is a narrated script from his favorite stories and songs. He relies upon scripts to make communicating easier. Knox often repeats phrases to himself in a singsong voice to concentrate and for sheer enjoyment.
He began reading at 2 years old and now he literally uses the stories of Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Mercer Mayer, Mo Willems, to cope with everyday life skills. We incorporate those special interest into the learning process, functional play and therapy activities. This works for him so therefore it works for us.
I'm not going to advocate for a cure - Knox is not unwell. He does not have a disease. He is not a BURDEN. He is not in a prison of autism. He is autistic, its not a illness, it is the way he is, the way he experiences the world. It is my privilege and honor as a parent to advocate for him as long as he'll need me to. To make sure he’s understood and appreciated. It's my job to expose and encourage him become an advocate for himself and seek other autistic voices to show him he's perfect just the way he is.
As much as autism awareness is essential for everyone autism acceptance is even more important to #actuallyautistic people.
They deserve the right to be heard in their own voice (speaking or non speaking). Autistic voices should be included not excluded in any public discourse on autism! I encourage all to spend this month listening to the actual autistic community. Advocate acceptance!
I hope the autistic community can appreciate my advocacy campaign!
To find out more on Autism Advocacy visit one of our favorite resource page : https://autisticadvocacy.org/
Autistic Self Advocacy Network - Nothing About Us Without Us
For the past five years I’ve been documenting the life of my son Knox. Last year I launched a mini photo narrative and visual campaign entitled ‘Advocate Autistic Love’
The photo narrative is dedicated and created in tribute to the beauty of nuero-diversity displayed in my son’s life. Having taken over 30,000 photos over the course of five years and in spirit of autism acceptance month, I’m embarking and hoping to launch my first ever photo zine! This photo zine is full of unscripted moments that capture Knox’s amazing soul and my hope is to visually break cycle of the unjust stigma of autism. I’m also happy to include writings and reflections from my husband and myself!
This zine is by no means a clinical journal or a ‘how to guide’ when it comes to parenting an autistic child. It’s a simple artistic expression examining the light and love a child can bring if you sit, look, and listen! I’m currently looking for local printmakers to collaborate with for publishing ideas and soon will want to feature other parents voices and actually autistic voices to create & contribute to the zine as means to create a platform for those undeserved autistic POC communities! It’s important take back our own narratives and tell stories for us and by us!
To find out more on Autism Advocacy visit : https://autisticadvocacy.org/
Autistic Self Advocacy Network - Nothing About Us Without Us
The Autism spectrum can’t be defined as one thing because it’s many things to many people - it’s not a sickness to be cured but a beautiful identity that many Autistic people are proud to be. As a family we believe in the power of our differences and we love how art can be a part of how we express those differences! We’re excited to show you our Soul of Neurodiversity Art collaborative experiments just in time for Autism Acceptance/Awareness Month!
Knox’s silhouette in front of the phrase “Soul of Neurodiversity” shows the honesty and soul often left out of the narrative as it relates to the autism spectrum.
We’re selling these screen printed posters for $20, and are currently taking pre-orders for them now!
All proceeds go directly to art supplies like ink, paper, and digital software that allow us to continue to create projects like this! We also desire to host bonding art workshops for Autistic & Nuerodivergent families like us! We had the pleasure of screenprinting with Tiny Dog Press!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PURCHASE AND FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!
WE LOVE YOU AND STAYED TUNED FOR MORE!
The photo narrative is dedicated and created in tribute to the beauty of nuero-diversity displayed in my son’s life. Having taken over 30,000 photos over the course of five years and in spirit of autism acceptance month. This photo series is full of unscripted moments that capture Knox’s amazing soul and my hope is to visually break cycle of the unjust stigma of autism.
Thank you to Dian Holton for passing my name along to AIGA Task Force for this special project! Thank you to @aigadesign for appreciating the most magical thing in my life and letting me shine a light on what the beauty of nuerodiversity means to me as a mother, photographer, designer and educator.
Thank You to Carlos Estrada, Jacinda Walker and the AIGA Diversity & Inclusion Task Force for the encouragement and freedom to express diversity in this form! I know that Knox will take up the torch and use design to express his uniqueness and amazing ability to shine a light in the darkness!
Knox was so amazing during this photo shoot I was asked to do for @aigadesign Diversity & Inclusion Task Force Autism Acceptance Month Visual Tribute. For everyone who wants to continue to add labels to autistic bodies: Knox doesn’t have ‘special needs’ he has needs just like any other amazing 5 year old! He is dope and teaches me new things everyday: how to be a better mom, wife, person, artist, and educator. Being autistic shouldn’t eliminate him from the conversation of inclusiveness in art & design His Life, Joy, and Light must be allowed to shine everyday!
#autismacceptance #aigatogether #blackboyjoy