Autism Ontario aims to support and advocate for all autistic individuals across the province, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, religion or gender identity. The recent harrowing events remind us of the systemic injustices that have always and continue to exist for many of our marginalized members of society. These deep-rooted barriers are especially amplified for people who are Black, Indigenous and People of Colour. Along with the obstacles people on the autism spectrum may face, Black and Indigenous autistic people and their communities also struggle to acquire equitable access to education, employment, healthcare, housing and justice.
Now more than ever, we must be active and deliberate in listening to and including all autistic voices across the province. We will continue to expand our reach to neglected segments of our community. We will work to provide spaces of support and advocacy for our Black and Indigenous communities. And we will work together to dismantle the systems of oppression that prevent many autistic individuals from realizing their potential and living meaningful lives.
Over the next few days we will be highlighting first-hand accounts, research, and articles that highlight the experiences of Black and Indigenous autistics and their families. We encourage you to join us in listening and learning through their words.