~I received Thinkgeek Neurodiversity T-shirts for the purpose of this review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
It is no surprise to me that Thinkgeek would be a part of Autism Awareness this month. A shop whose market is rooted in technology and internet culture is no stranger to mental diversity. What truly touched my heart was the way that they were doing it. Instead of separating those with autism and compounding the idea of an “epidemic”, they decided to embrace everyone’s neurological configurations to say you are awesome no matter what.
Whether you have been diagnosed with autism or are a “neurotypical,” you have ADHD, are bipolar, whoever you are, whatever unique configuration of neurons makes you you, we think you’re pretty awesome, just the way you are.
You can support this beautiful idea by purchasing the Neurodiversity v3.0 shirt, which until the end of April 100% of the proceeds go directly to ASAN, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network; after that $1 will be sent for each purchase.
I was given the opportunity to review the shirt (one for my husband and one for Tot) and we all love them. It features a globe mapped across the image of a brain with the words “Neurodiversity” underneath; which follows ASAN’s Mission Statement perfectly.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. Drawing on the principles of the cross-disability community, ASAN seeks to organize the community of Autistic adults and youth to have our voices heard in the national conversation about us. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which Autistic people enjoy the same access, rights, and opportunities as all other citizens. We hope to empower Autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community. Nothing About Us, Without Us!
As the mother of a little boy with autism, this is exactly what I strive for everyday. I have this hope that when he gets older people do not see him for his delays or disability, but for who he is. After all, we’re all different and the way we process the world is unique to our own minds. Not everyone is defined by their differences in the way they view and touch life and neither should my son.
I’ve been very blessed to share many things from Thinkgeek over the years on my blog, but the Neurodiversity v3.0 shirt is the one I am most proud of. Both of my children are beautiful and I love them both with the same heart. I never felt quite right wearing a t-shirt that said I only loved one of them because they had Autism, but this shirt wholeheartedly supports them equally. This I always felt was important since so much time and energy over the years has went to his little brother and it’s pretty typical for siblings of children with autism to feel jealous, left out or ‘second best’. The Neurodiversity v3.0 shirt was my way of sharing my love for both of them, just as Thinkgeek embraced with the making of it.
Whether you have a friend or loved one with Autism or not, you can still support the mission of ASAN through Neurodiversity. There is both the Adult size and the Child size, so you can get your whole family involved! I hope you also take a moment to support Thinkgeek and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network by Liking them on Facebook and/or @Thinkgeek and @Autselfadvocacy on Twitter.
Giveaway Winner: Steve S.