Autism is a developmental disability that affects how we experience the world around us. As an actually autistic person I have a mission to donate to autistic-run organizations with every product sold and help highlight the profound possibilities autistic people contribute to society and the workplace through public speaking.
Autism is a normal part of life and makes us who we are. Every autistic person experiences autism differently, but there are some things many of us have in common. Autistic people think, process senses, move, communicate, and socialize differently.
I was diagnosed with autism as an adult in 2018 and later diagnosed with ADHD in 2021. This has been an empowering and life-affirming experience. Having a better understanding of myself has given me the power to advocate for myself and those like me. I believe too many conversations happen without actually autistic people and I want to play a role in the narrative of amplifying actually autistic voices.
Increase representation of autistic people in autistic organizations
Many non-profit organizations for autism are run by boards of people who have autistic children and want to raise awareness and advocate for their children. While this intention is admirable, the impact leaves out the narratives and representation of actually autistic people. Autistic children become autistic adults who are valuable contributors to the world. However, it’s hard to be seen as contributing members of society when we aren’t given the microphone or a seat at the table. We need autistic organizations to include autistic people on their boards to help amplify our voices, instead of only amplifying the voices of our caregivers.
I have a lifelong goal to help increase representation and serve my own autistic community by becoming a board member at an autistic organization. Every autistic person is different and I don’t expect to represent the needs and desires of every member of the autistic community. However, I can help advocate and bring in better representation of the intersectional representation of autistic people within our own community. Please contact me to let me know how I can help.
Carrie Swails & Second Breakfast Honey products are harvested and handmade in the mountains of northwest Colorado by an autistic female Certified Master Beekeeper. Every product sold helps redefine autism advocacy with donations to autistic organizations and fights climate change with sustainable packaging materials. I'm on a mission to create a better world for autistic people and bees everywhere.