April is Autism Awareness Month
In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Acceptance Month (AAM). This April, effort is continued to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.
The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, is proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance with campaigns designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism. Their focuses are to provide information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.
The prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 54 in 2020 – recognizing this continued increase, the goal is to further increase awareness about autism signs, symptoms and opportunities through: information and referrals, events, printable and digital resources, and community partnerships with businesses and organizations dedicated to building inclusive experiences.
There are a variety of resources designed to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences, and become more inclusive of individuals with autism.
Supporters can participate by:
- Taking the pledge to create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential by increasing understanding and acceptance. You’ll receive free information, resources and tools to engage and advocate in your community and learn the impact of your support through Autism Speaks.
- Invite your colleagues, classroom and friends to join the Kindness Campaign and encourage acceptance, understanding and inclusion with daily acts of kindness at school, work or in your community.
- Donate! Make a meaningful, lasting impact for people with autism with your gift. It’s one of the easiest and best ways to show your support.
Whether you have autism, love someone who does, or are looking to support a diverse, accepting and kind community – you’re invited to take the pledge to help create a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential.
Source: Autism Society & Autism Speaks