It is a blog about some changes we are making to our cards in response to customer requests.
During initial card creation (in consultation with autistic people) 'person with an autistic spectrum condition' was chosen as it includes those who are on the spectrum but don't identify as autistic. Since then, it's become clear that lots of autistic people - including all my customers that I've spoken to recently - prefer "I'm autistic" - and that not all cards need to mention autism.
So we are re-wording some of our cards to try and find the right balance. On cards likely to apply to people who don't identify as autistic we are trying to change the wording to make them generic instead of autism specific, and changing autism-specific cards to read "I'm autistic". Below are the cards which currently mention autism specifically, and the changes we are suggesting - but before we finalise them over the next few weeks/months, please let us know your thoughts by commenting on this blog post, or replying to the relevant posts on twitter or FB. We won't be able to do what everyone suggests, but we will take all views into account as we come up with the final versions.
1. Current ASC eye contact card:
2. Current "Autistic, not naughty" card
Replace the first sentence with: "My child is not being naughty, they are autistic." (rest of card to remain the same.)
3. Current 'Overwhelming' card
Suggested edit: "I'm autistic and find this situation overwhelming. Please let me have the time and space I need to calm down." [Edited to add: This is already also available as a general card with no reference to autism]
4. Current: "Don't stand to close" card
Replace middle sentence with: "I am autistic." (the rest of the card to remain the same. - this card is also available with no reference to autism)
5. Current ASC disclosure card:
Suggested edit: Replace first sentence with: "I'm autistic." (the rest of the card to remain the same.)
6. Current ASC new routine card:
Suggested edit: Remove 'I have an ASC' - and leave the rest of the card so it becomes applicable to all conditions where new routines are challenging.
7. Current ASC Personal Assistant card.
Suggested edit: Replace first sentence with "I'm autistic" - rest of the card to remain the same.
If you are autistic, on the spectrum or not-autistic-but-would-find-these-useful, please let us know your thoughts.
Thanks in advance!