Raising an Ally

Fostering Allyships between Autistic and Neurotypical Kids

What is allyship?  

Allyship is active support for the rights of a marginalized group without being a member of that group. Allyship helps to dismantle systems that keep marginalized groups marginalized. By engaging in positive interactions, those in positions of privilege can create acceptance and accelerate change.  

How do I raise an ally?  

  1. Talk about diversity early and often. Teach your children to recognize that everyone has differences in how they communicate, express emotion, interact with people and the environment, engage in activities, and perceive the world around them. Build a foundation of patience and acceptance for others.  
  2. Model inclusive friendships and relationships. Expose your children to a diverse group of people and positive, diverse role models. You can even find diverse role models in your kids’ favourite TV shows and movies, including:  
    • Julia from Sesame Street 
    • Renee from Disney Pixar’s Loop 
    • Reed Richards from Marvel’s Mr. Fantastic 
  3. Learn together. Learn about autism and diversity here:  
  4. Celebrate diversity and the magic of being unique. Participate in local events that promote inclusivity and equity.  

When children learn to be empathetic and understanding toward others who are different, they become compassionate adults and create stronger, more inclusive, equitable communities. 

– Becky Bishop, Case Manager and Lead Instructor

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