Happy delayed World Autism Awareness Day!

With apologies both for the recent period of silence and for being almost a week late with this message, but the past week on 2nd April we had World Autism Awareness Day. Pity the media did not pay mass attention to the event, but well, we had little hopes for anything else given how the event was rarely paid attention to in the past. Obviously though we do pay attention to it, and wish every autistic person and all those involved with the autism rights movement a happy delayed WAAD.

Illusion of Purity as a project, through poetry, speeches and interviews, will continue to battle against the stigma’s and taboo attached to autism and the neurodifferent in general. The project will continue to stand on the barricades wherever possible to demand equal treatment, an end to all forms of discrimination, and full emancipation without assimilation (!) for all autistic people.

We will continue to battle for what we believe can improve life quality for the autistic people, such as special schools for autistic children with trained teachers, an officially recognised status as a minority group in society, the legal validation of the autistic passports that are issued on request by a few organisations only now, and better awareness about autism towards the outside world.

We will continue to make clear these demands, hoping the next generation of autistics can grow up in a world more understanding, more tolerant, and with better accessible facilities for those who need help.

We will also continue to reject the idea autism needs to be "cured", and continue to spread the important message towards all autistics: do not hide who you are, be proud about yourself, and do not try to "normalise" and hide your true self! Do never hesitate to be yourself and demand to be accepted as such!

Illusion of Purity hopes the autism rights movement and its events and rallies will receive more media coverage in the future, and we also encourage other minority groups in society to stand up and demand for equal rights and full acceptance. No matter in what way the minority may be different from the masses, we need to continue our struggle until the world will become a more understanding and tolerant place. We need to continue to question old traditions, norms and conservative values, keep those that are needed and abolish those that are outdated, in order to teach the world that diversity makes the world more colourful and is nothing to be afraid of!

I hope many autistics did celebrate the awareness day, and that local events or rallies will have achieved some form of success. The struggle is far from over, quite the contrary, but it is an important struggle which we need to continue!

As a sidenote news, a new collection of poems has been finalised after a long period of editing and a long writing process. The new poems further explore the subjects or erotophobia and asexuality in a more detailed way than before, continues to explore the life of the neurodifferent and defend those affected, and portraits the suffocating countryside life where outdated norms and traditions are kept intact and those different from the majority are outcasts.

We hope to announce new performances soon, in order to continue to spread the message wherever and whenever we can.

Some new events are upcoming or being discussed, so keep following the news on this website.

Again: happy delayed World Autism Awareness Day. To all autistics: be proud of who you are, and do not hide your true self. We demand emancipation, we reject assimilation! We will continue our struggle for better awareness about autism, and for better facilities to help those affected. Hope the activism and rallies did not stop you from also celebrate a bit 😉

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About illusionofpurity

I am the founding member and only permanent member of the Illusion of Purity project. The project deals with life with psychological problems such as autism, manic depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, ... and tries to use art to break the taboo about these disorders. Too many people suffer in silence because of the taboo and the many wrong stereotypes. Using art and speeches as a weapon against these taboos and stereotypes, this project aims to raise awareness about the true life with psychological problems. Additionally, a more philosophical and political undertone may appear throughout the project, although the main focus is mental health and the surrounding taboos. I myself have Asperger Syndrome, OCD/anxiety disorder and suffer from unipolar depression. Activism at this moment consists of mainly (but not solely) speeches and poetry. This may increase to include other activities in the future too. The project is based in Spain at the moment, my personal origins lie in Belgium.
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