National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month

April is National Autism Awareness Month
April is National Autism Awareness Month. Photo courtesy of the Autism Society

National Autism Awareness Month

National Autism Awareness Month has been celebrated by the Autism Society since the 1970s.

National Autism Awareness Month 2015

April is National Autism Awareness Month.

This year, the focus of National Autism Awareness Month is "acceptance and appreciation."

National Autism Awareness Month is a great time "to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year."

What can you do during National Autism Awareness Month?

  • Donate to the Autism Society and other reputable autism groups and organizations, keeping in  mind that there isn't universal support for the 'light it up blue' campaign of Autism Speaks to 'shine a light on autism' on World Autism Awareness Day either. Instead, in addition to the many people who think that April should be more about Autism Acceptance and less about autism awareness, there are many people who think that "Autism Speaks' statements and actions do damage to that work and to the lives of autistic people and those with other disabilities.

  • Vote 4 Autism - Contact your state and federal representatives and urge them to support the ABLE Act and other laws that will help the autism community.

  • Become active in your local Autism Society chapter.

  • Learn about the Sensory Friendly Films program.

  • Spread the word about awareness of autism in minority communities, where black and Latino children are often diagnosed with autism up to two years later than other children. #royalblueforautismawareness

  • Learn the difference between acceptance and awareness and why understanding the difference, especially when it comes to people with autism, is important.

  • Take one of the Autism Society's free online courses about autism.

  • Read about the long history of the Autism Society, which got its start way back in 1965.

    National Autism Awareness Month is also a great time to review other resources that are available for autistic adults and parents of autistic children.

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