We would invite you to attend the Fourth Annual Autistic Pride Picnic in the Park. It will be held in Hyde Park on Sunday June 17th 2018 from 12:00-16:00. This is a free public event, an annual “gathering of the tribes” for all autistics. While this event is primarily aimed at autistic adults, non-autistic people and children will be welcome.
The Programme is still being compiled, but we will have a performance of Stealth Aspies by Paul Wady and friends, possibly a stimmob run by Belinda Blossom.
If anyone wants to make a speech, sing a song, or showcase a piece of art you are very welcome to do so.
Other speakers and performers may be added to this programme
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 Stations are Hyde Park Corner and Marble Arch and here is a map to the site.
We will have a picnic, but no food or drink will be provided. Bring food, games and sensory toys to share. Bring a blanket if you need one. We will have an open mic session where people can speak. Brave people can speak at Speakers Corner if they choose to. 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 watch this space
If you can’t make it to the London Event, there will be other Autistic Pride Events up and down the country including:
Queens Gardens in Hull on August 12th from 2:00 to 4:00pm
Prospect Park in Reading on June 10th
Whitworth Park in Manchester on June 24th
The Meadows in Edinburgh on June 17th
Chavasse Park in Liverpool on June 18th
Christs Pieces in Cambridge on June 16th
Highfields Park in Nottingham on June 17th
Bellfield Park in Inverness on June 16th
and possible events in Glasgow, Kingston Upon Hull and Llandudno (details will be put up when known)
Setting up an Autistic Pride event is super-easy and can be done with very short notice and I’d be thrilled if there were many events like this up and down the country, as long as the event is run by Autistic people, and is not used to promote ‘cures’ or therapies that seek to normalise and suppress autistic traits, we would be happy to support it. If you have any questions about setting up an event where you are, please feel free to ask them in the “London Autistic Pride” group on Facebook.
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 is inspired by and follows the same philosophy as Gay Pride events.
This event is supported by Autistic UK and supports the #takethemaskoff campaign.
Please note that this is an informal gathering of friends and you attend this event at your own risk and you or your carer are responsible for your own safety.
FEEL FREE TO INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TOO!