Good morning all,
The results of the same sex marriage plebiscite have been announced today, with the majority voting in favour of marriage equality. I urge for all of us within the autism community to take a minute to reflect on our well-earned reputation for understanding the need for being inclusive and welcoming.
We are all part of a rainbow spectrum of diversity - .ages, genders, cultures, abilities, beliefs, social backgrounds and so on. I am extremely proud to say that the autism community excels at encouraging and celebrating our differences, as well as those aspects which we hold in common with each other.
And now is a time to remember and be considerate that, no matter how you personally voted in the plebiscite, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ+) members are in need of our all our support, acceptance, and encouragement. Many in the LGBTIQ+ community have experienced additional distress resulting from the tensions created by the vote and this time has been very difficult for them.
I urge you to support them in any way you can, particularly if they are individuals with autism.
If you’re unsure about how to approach respectful, supportive discussions around the topic of marriage equality and related issues, have a look at these great resources published by the Australian Psychological Society:
If you or anyone you know is struggling or needing support, please call our Infoline on 1300 288 476 and we will be able to direct you to appropriate services. Other services which may be of assistance include:
Lifeline Australia: 13 11 14
Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
Qlife: 1800 184 527
Thank you in anticipation of your continuing support, inclusion, and celebration of all that makes our autism community so diverse and wonderful.
With my regards,
Chief Executive Officer
Autism SA Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 29 November 2017, at 5.00pm at The Highway, Function Room 1, 290 Anzac Highway, Plympton SA 5038.
Invitations have been sent to all members, RSVP on 8379 6976 before 22 November 2017.
About Autism SA
Since 1964, Autism SA has been the recognised leader for helping families and individuals on the autism spectrum. Our founding members were families driven by the desire to ensure that they had access to the best information, education, treatment and support. They advocated for acceptance and understanding. They encouraged research and leadership in the community. We have remained true to our beginnings to ensure that people on the autism spectrum get the most out of life.
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