It’s not that allies don’t have a place in the Autistic movement- they play a big part. It’s that when we speak about OUR experiences, OUR voices are the once that need to be heard. The place of an ally is not to speak over others, in any setting. You cannot speak for us because we speak for ourselves. The place for an ally is next to us and acting as support, not forcing their way infront and trying to drag the attention to THEMSELVES. Be an ally by aiding us in having us being heard – Do not be a co-opter.
– Michaela, 1/8/15
I love this quote by Michaela and think it applies to the concept of allyship in many social justice movements!