April Autism Awareness Month!
April is Autism Awareness Month, and April 2nd is World Autism Day, which we can celebrate by wearing blue.
Autism is a neurological variation that occurs in about one percent of the population
Neurodiversity is a concept and social movement that advocates for viewing autism as a variation of human wiring, rejecting the idea that autism should be cured, advocating instead for celebrating autistic forms of communication and self-expression, and for promoting support systems that allow autistic people to live as autistic people
Autism is a spectrum—If you’ve met one person with Autism, you’ve met one person with Autism
5 Essential Ways to Support the Autistic Community in Autism Acceptance
1. Ask Autistic People What They Need – And Then Listen to Them
2. Make Your Events and Plans More Accessible to Autistic People
3. Beware of organizations that use fear tactics and portray autism as an as an epidemic that requires a cure
4. Prioritize and Center Autistic Voices
5. Challenge Your Internalized Ableism on a regular basis.
You can help by:
Listening to the voices of Autistic people through organizations such as ASAN – the Autistic Self Advocacy Network https://autisticadvocacy.org/
Learning more about autism and discov-er how you can be a helpful ally