Awareness Acceptance Month can be a pretty tough time for a lot of Autistic folks. Well-meaning (and not-so-well-meaning) individuals and organisations “supporting” us by selling products themed with symbols that represent our trauma, to profit off our pain and/or fund-raise for organisation who cause us harm.
[Since I already had a half-dozen ‘see footnote’ symbols by this point, I’m going to forgo them and just leave this link to a bunch of resources.]
I’m tired of it, and I know so many others are tired of it, so we’re just not having it this year.
And so, I aim to bring you a list of Actually Autistic creators and businesses you can support this month if you really want to support the Autistic community.
These are Autistic creators, and businesses which are Autistic-owned.
#ActuallyAutistic Creators & Businesses
… in Australia
Aimee’s Creations – Unique handmade items and gifts
Crystal Visions – Ethically-sourced crystals
Fuscous Fury [Perth] – Portrait photography (queer & SW-friendly)
Little Laneway Media – Social media management for authors
Nyx Apothecary – Herbal and handmade goodies
Sharyn Holmes – Inclusive leadership and anti-oppression coach and writer
Studio Misfits [Perth] – Low-stim, queer-friendly hair salon
Studio Nyx – Me! Branding & web design for small businesses
Three Morrigna – Crystals and witchery
Thriving Minds Education – Educational books, toys, and resources for babies and children
The Toy Chest Australia – Ethical and eco-friendly toys
… in the rest of the world
Autiblog – Editor of Autistic Magazine (in English & Spanish)
Expand With Kate – Personal & Business Coaching for Neurodivergents
Frozen Peach [details coming soon]
Whimsical Knitting Co – Adorable yarn creations
Writerly Nourishment – Copy writing, editorial feedback, and publishing guidance