The first National Autistic Children’s Week was launched in 1972 by the Autism Society. This evolved into the annual Autism Acceptance Month (AAM), taking place every April. AAM aims to spread awareness and promote acceptance of autism and ignite change.
AAM’s slogan for April 2021 is Celebrate Differences. It is the title of a campaign to provide information and resources for communities to become more aware of autism, promote its acceptance, and be more inclusive of autistic individuals in everyday life.
World Autism Awareness Day
AAM’s campaign will be part of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd but will continue throughout the entire month. This special day also has a special color – people wear blue to raise awareness for this developmental disorder. Here’s how you can help keep autism awareness and acceptance going.
Use Autism-Friendly Businesses
Use google to find autism-friendly businesses in your area and other places dedicated to providing autism-convivial environments, such as restaurants and movie theaters. And, don’t forget to urge your family members and friends to also look for autism-friendly places to shop during April and beyond. Here’s just a sample of what you can find with a little “googling” time.
- Friendly museum hours and cultural programs in New York City.
- Autism Awareness Shop in Tampa, Florida.
- Monkey Joe’s in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
- Autism Speaks online store.
- Autism Community Store (online).
Learn About Amazing People With Autism
There are many fine examples of individuals with autism who are making a difference in the world. Here are a few of them:
- Haley Moss, an accomplished attorney, consultant, and author.
- Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who overcame her limitations to become an expert in animal husbandry.
- Susan Boyle, the charming but somewhat shy Scottish woman who bowled everyone over on the UK’s Got Talent show and went on to sell 14 million albums!
- Clay Marzo may be unique among famous people with autism because of his success in the sports world. At the age of ten, Marzo came in first in the Hawaii State 200m Freestyle swimming contest and then became a champion surfer.
Read Up on Autism
Aim to makes yourself as aware as possible about all aspects of autism. Here are five recommended books on autism to get you started. And, here’s a link to more books. Also, don’t overlook the blogging sphere. You can become much more autism-aware by reading high-quality blogs on the subject.
Autism Acceptance Month: Autism Is on the Rise
The prevalence of autism in children in the United States has risen from one in 125 in 2010 to one in 59 in 2020. Therefore, it behooves all of us to be aware of autism not only during Autism Awareness Day and Autism Acceptance Month but throughout the rest of the year.
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