This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Autism Society's advocacy efforts. What started as a weeklong event has grown into a month-long celebration. And while there's still much work to be done, we've made great strides in increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 44 children is on the autism spectrum. This means that there are a lot of people out there who are affected by autism, either directly or indirectly. And yet, there's still a lot of misunderstanding and stigma surrounding it.
This is why events like Autism Acceptance Month are so important. They provide an opportunity for us to come together and learn more about autism, and how we can better support those who are affected by it.
This April, AAPC Publishing proudly celebrates Autism Acceptance Month (AAM).
There are many ways to get involved in Autism Acceptance Month. Here are some ideas:
-Share your story. If you or someone you know is living with ASD, share your story on social media using the hashtag #actuallyautistic. Your story can help others feel less alone and more understood.
-Educate yourself and others. Take some time to learn about ASD and share what you’ve learned with others. There are many resources available such as our website, AAPC Publishing, the Autism Society of America, and CDC.gov,
-Support organizations that help those with ASD. There are many organizations doing great work to support individuals with ASD and their families. Consider making a donation or volunteering your time.
-Be inclusive and understanding. This month and every month, let’s work to create a world that is inclusive and understanding of all people, regardless of differences.
These are just a few ideas. For more information and resources, please visit our website.
Autism Acceptance Month is a time to celebrate the autism community and work towards creating a more inclusive world. We hope you'll join us in spreading awareness and promoting acceptance this April!
What are you doing to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month? Share your plans in the comments below!