Janine will be both speaking and performing poetry at this event. Here is the blurb from the organisers ...
We invite you to attend the Third Annual Autistic Pride Picnic in the Park. It will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday June 18th 2017 from 12:00-16:00 This is a free public event, a "gathering of the tribes" for all autistics. While this event is primarily aimed at autistic adults, non-autistic people and children will be welcome.
We will have a programme of speeches and entertainment, including speeches from Janine Booth and Peter Tatchell, and preview of the show “Stealth Aspies” by Alain English and Paul Wady. There will also be an open mic slot so anyone can contribute.
The picnic site will be in the wooded areas between the boathouse and the lookout, see the map for further detail. Our Pride flag (see above) will be waving above the site. The nearest Underground Station is Hyde Park Corner and we have photos that show the way (follow the purple arrows).
We will have a picnic. No food or drink will be provided by the organisers. Bring your own picnic. Bring food, games and sensory toys to share. Bring a blanket if you need one. We will stage a performing arts show. Brave people can speak at Speakers Corner if they choose. Bring along things related to your special interests. Bring your musical instrument. Stimming is actively encouraged.
We will have a traffic-light system of stickers, which people can wear to show their communication needs.
We may have activities after the event, including a Tube Challenge, a themed walk, or just go to the pub.
For further details of the event please consult our blog (www.celebrateautisticpride.blogspot.com )
If you can't make it to the London Event, there will be other Autistic Pride Events in Prospect Park in Manchester (date and time to be announced) and Whitworth Park in Manchester on June 25th 2017 from 12:00 to 16:00 https://www.facebook.com/events/220750435055910/ .
A BRIEF HISTORY OF AUTISTIC PRIDE DAY
Established in 2005 by an online forum for autistic people called “Aspies for Freedom”, Autistic Pride Day is usually held on or around the 18th June each year worldwide.
The purpose of Autistic Pride is to show to the world that we are proud of being autistic and that we are not diseased or defective or in need of a cure. We have as much right to live a happy and fulfilled life as neurotypicals.
For much of the time many of us suppress or feel ashamed of our autistic behaviours. For this day we can cast any shame aside and be ourselves. This event takes inspiration from the Gay Pride events.
This event is supported by Autistic UK.
Please note that you attend this event at your own risk, and the organisers will not take responsibility for people who attend.
FEEL FREE TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TOO!