Simple ways to make an art community that includes Disabled Artists.
“Autistics are making content about our lives and experiences because our input has been ignored in studies. It’s always been about what others think of us, how they want us to be different. We’ve learned we were just right all along. We just want to be valued as much as other humans and included in this world that was designed to exclude us.”
-April Marie Mai
[Image description: above quote in the middle with pastel watercolor in the background and 6 different flowers in different colors.]
Make sure you’re including everyone in the fun!
[Image Description: “TRICK or treat” in swirly hand lettering by @NickyLaatz with “TRICK” in “Smoke” Painting and “treat” in “Marigold” Painting by me on a crumpled paper background, with “April Marie Mai” at the bottom]
We’re developing our own terminology. Here’s an important one to know!
[Image Description: “If you didn’t know, Autism + ADHD = AuDHD. @AprilMarieMai” on a blue card with flowers and leaves poking out from behind it]
Are you here partly for Autism and ADHD content? Let me know and introduce yourself in the comments! It will help me know what I should share.
“Hello to all my fellow Autistics, ADHDers, and their parents who want to learn how to best support their child!” – April Marie Mai [on a watercolor orange yellow, pink and white background]
I took a mindfulness guide and turned it into an Autism Guide!
It’s short and sweet, but it includes a lot of things I’ve learned along the way that might help you whether you’re autistic or you love someone who is autistic, or if you just want to be ready to be a better friend. Remember our brains are wired differently, and every single one is different, so what helps me might not help others; but here are some ideas on where you could start.
**This is representative of my own experience. All autistic people have different experiences and needs. This does not represent them all, or even all of my own.**
***Please do not call it the ’tism unless you are autistic. It is a slur reclaiming type of situation, and only autistic people can reclaim it.***
(Today’s News) Autistic moment: I realized I have to turn music down in order to eat. – April Marie Mai (Keep on Autisticing. The best way to Autistic is to just do it.)
Text on a grainy abstract orange, pink, blue, black, fuchsia, and peach background.
**This is my own experience as an autistic person and is in no way a representation of all autistic people, nor is it saying that non-autistic people may not experience this, too. It was just a super autistic moment that made me laugh, so I’m sharing it.**
Here are some things you can do to help disabled people: