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Congratulations to Kathryn Bjornstad and Corina Becker

Posted Nov 17 2011 9:59pm

In case you missed it in the 5th anniversary announcement for ASAN, they presented Kathryn Bjornstad and Corina Becker an award for exceptional services to the autistic community. This for their work to create “Autistic Speaking Day”.

1st Annual Award for
Exceptional Services to the Autistic Community

Kathryn Bjornstad and Corina Becker
Creators of Autistics Speaking Day

Award given to those who have helped to build the Autistic community through exceptional advocacy, ingenuity or service.

Here is a video played at the ASAN anniversary event.

Since the topic of the title of “Autistic Speaking Day” has been somewhat controversial in some quarters, it’s good to point out the obvious: “autistics listen”. Check the autistics speaking Day blog and you will find a post: Changing the Name of Autistics Speaking Day

The message begins with:

I came up with the name Autistics Speaking Day rather impulsively, when it was mainly a jab at Communication Shutdown and somewhat towards a certain big-name “Autism fundraising” organization, and when I didn’t expect my proposal to be so well received. I kept the name mainly for the history of it and the nifty acronym it created. However, there is an issue with it, an issue that I have been all too aware of from the very beginning.

The issue of the word “Speaking”.

  1. Julian Frost:
    I posted a comment suggesting "Autistics' Communicating Day", but it isn't showing, so I'm not sure if it went through. Also, congratulations to Corina and Kathryn.
  2. Sullivan:
    Julian Frost, I think they have their blog set to hold all messages until approved.
  3. Julian Frost:
    Yes, it's approved now. Thanks Sullivan.
  4. Kathryn Bjornstad:
    Thank you! Corina and I got to go to D.C. to accept the award, and we had an awesome time and met a lot of the ASDay participants there. I'm glad you brought attention to our poll on the name change as well because we want to be sure that autistic people who do not speak feel safe and welcome at ASDay.
  5. Sullivan:
    Kathryn Bjornstad, I left another comment, but my name may have been lost. I suggested "AutisticSDay". I left the capital on "S" to point out that it still makes "ASDay", but one doesn't have to keep that. Just a day for autistics. You, kids of non autistic parents like me, people who want to "speak" and those who don't want to or can't participate in the online event. Just a thought.

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