Autism Welcome Packets Project

Guest post contributed by Cara

I am president of my university’s chapter of an organization called TEAAM (Together Enhancing Autism Awareness in Mississippi). We recently put together “Autistic Community Welcome Packets”, which include:

  • ASAN’s “Welcome to the Autistic Community” book
  • an infographic about famous autistic people
  • “Understanding the Spectrum”, a comic by Rebecca Burgess that explains what it really means when we say that autism is a spectrum
  • a welcome note from us
  • a Tangle toy donated by Stimtastic (thank you!)
  • a sticker
  • a coloring page

These packets will be donated to a local clinic that does autism assessments, so that autistic people can receive the packets on the day they are diagnosed. I came up with the idea for this project while thinking about how the first messages people receive about autism are often negative ones. I want autistic people and their families to understand the ideas of autism acceptance and neurodiversity from the start. In particular, I want people on the spectrum to know that there are many others like themselves, and that their differences are not something to be ashamed of.