Celebrating World Autistic Pride Day

Today in Parliament, Abigail passed a motion celebrating people with autism and urged all Members of Parliament to educate themselves on the perspectives and experiences of those with autism to better value them.

Abigail said:

I move: 

(1) That this House notes that: 

(a) Tuesday 18 June 2024 is World Autistic Pride Day, a day first celebrated in 2005 to empower people with autism and encourage them to feel prideful in their abilities, and

(b) according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of individuals with autism is growing each year, and every one of these individuals deserves to feel valued, heard, and protected by their governments. 

(2) That this House affirms that:

(a) each individual’s experience with autism is different, especially for women whose experience often falls outside of the previously male-focused research, and every person’s experience is valid even if it does not fit into preconceived notions of what it means to be autistic,

(b) people with autism provide invaluable contributions to our society and deserve recognition for the countless advancements they have made in the fields of science, medicine, technology, art and politics, 

(c) people who are neurodivergent contribute unique and crucial perspectives to all levels of social and political discussion and deserve to have their views respected. Some well-known individuals include:

(i) Greta Thunberg, who is known for challenging our world leaders to take action on climate change,

(ii) Grace Tame, who has fought her entire adult life for systemic reform and genuine justice for victim-survivors of sexual assault, and

(iii) Chloe Hayden, actress, activist and author of  Different, Not Less who has changed the face of autistic representation in the Australian media landscape, and 

(d) a person is only disabled in the context of their environment, and it is the responsibility of our government to remove barriers that exist for those with autism in everyday life.

(3) That this House calls on all Members of Parliament to educate themselves on the experiences of those with autism to better value their contributions, hear their perspectives and have pride in these individuals.

 

Motion agreed to.

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