Heathcotes celebrate Autistic Pride Day
Many Heathchotes services took part in Autistic Pride Day last week to raise awareness and understanding of autism.
Held on 18th June, the annual event invites people across the world to come together in celebration of autistic people. Heathcotes are always keen participants in Autistic Pride Day. We support many service users with autism and they contribute so much to the vibrancy and diversity of life at our services nationwide.
Autistic Pride Day highlights the idea that people with autism should not be seen as requiring treatment, but as unique individuals. Heathcotes Magna touched on this point when they celebrated their autistic service users and shared a message about autism which represents equally sound advice in many other contexts: “don’t judge what you don’t understand.”
Heathcotes Balby participated in Autistic Pride Day with arts and crafts activities related to the themes and imagery of the event. Their creative efforts included colourful handprints and paintings of the rainbow infinity symbol which represents Autistic Pride Day. The symbol reflects the diversity of autistic people and the infinite possibilities and variations within the autistic community. Balby added their own message to the artwork: “we are who we ‘aut’ to be.”