We at CARD-USF are shocked and deeply saddened to witness the recent instances of violence against Asian Americans in our nation, and over many generations. At CARD, we fundamentally believe that diversity adds to the richness of our society, and over the past 27 years, we have dedicated our work to building a community that has a place for everyone.
In 2020, CARD developed several diversity initiatives to enhance our efforts to connect with diverse communities. We know that words are not enough in times like these and have committed to actions in celebrating the intersection between neurodiversity and race, ethnicity, language of origin, and other cultural aspects.
We will be celebrating Asian cultures and membership in the autism community during the month of May (Asian Pacific American Heritage Month), and we have already begun compiling resources that emphasize this richness of diversity and address bias and violence against people of Asian descent. Two resources that provide information, safety tips, and community action suggestions are StopAAPIHate.org and StopAsianHate.info. ASERT hosts an Asian American Family Health Workgroup that provides tips related to autism. Specific sources that discuss autism in the Asian American community can be found here and here.
The CARD-USF E-library currently includes the books The Reason I Jump and Fall Down 7 Times, Get Up 8 by Naoki Higashida, and we welcome you to register and enjoy these works. We also request your suggestions for additional written resources, as well as individuals, organizations, and communities that are seeking to advance our society in embracing neurodiversity and the Asian culture.
Asian-American activist, Yuri Kochiyama, once said “Life is the input of everyone who touched your life and every experience that entered it. We are all part of one another.”
Thank you for allowing CARD-USF to be a part of your lives, as you are a part of ours.
Written and compiled by Dr. Beth Boone, Executive Director and Megan Grant