On the 23rd July 2018, an international campaign will be launched. A whole summer dedicated to Masking… but not as we know it.
Myself, Hannah Quinton from from Do I look Autistic Yet?, Christa Holmans, who is the Neurodivergent Rebel and Sara-Jane Harvey, the Agony Autie are joining forces because we want to encourage Autistic and non-Autistic people to learn about Masking. What is is, why we do it and what the impact of it is, so that not only can Autistic people feel more confident not to Mask, but so that non-Autistic people can help create environments where it is safe for us to do so.
Research is starting to show that Masking is a direct lead-in to the very early Autistic average age of death, something Autistic people (inc. yours truly) have been shouting about for a very long time. You can read about this research in my article an Autistic Burnout.
In light of this we have planned six weeks of six subjects all around Masking. With a seventh week where we’d like everyone who has been inspired to throw their Mask away, or who has learnt something about Masking to share their stories.