Though World Autism Awareness Day has come and gone, Autism Awareness Month is still in full swing, and with it comes plenty of opportunities to get involved and do your part to spread autism awareness and acceptance. With plenty of local events and the knowledge to spread the word in your own circles of influence, there’s still plenty to be done.
In this post, we’ll break down the ways you can be doing your part throughout the rest of this month and moving forward to keep the cause in the public eye.
Spreading the Word
World Autism Awareness day is recognized internationally on the 2nd of April every year. It is one of seven official health-specific United Nations days. Its purpose is clear: to call on individual autism organizations around the world to help support research, treatment, diagnoses, and to spread awareness and acceptance for individuals on the spectrum.
It was taken a step further by autism organizations around the country who deemed April as Autism Awareness month. It’s now widely accepted as a time for sharing resources, celebrating individuals on the spectrum and spreading acceptance.
Besides attending your local autism awareness events, there’s still a lot you can do to spread awareness and acceptance amongst your circle of influence. We recommend:
- Taking the time to share your resources.
- One of the most important aspects of Autism Awareness Month is making families of children on the spectrum aware of the resources and help available to them. If you know of any families looking for support, we encourage you to share with them what works for you, and discuss the ways you can support each other.
- Reach out to your peers to help spread the word.
- Chances are the people you know best are well-aware of the ways autism impacts your life and potentially theirs. One of the easiest ways to do your part this Autism Awareness Month, is by recruiting them to help spread resources and awareness. To their own circles. Take it a step further by offering to host your own information session at work at your child’s school.
- Take to social media.
- It’s easy to share your thoughts across social media, so why not spread information, awareness and resources as well? Take an extra second out of your usual routine to write a post of your own (or share one of ours) to help spread the word about Autism Awareness month.
Follow these steps to do your part this April.
Plenty of autism-related events go on in April to recognize parents and families of children on the spectrum.
If you joined us for our Parent Appreciation Brunch, you know The Place for Children with Autism is putting on a few events of our own to commemorate 2019’s Autism Awareness Month, including:
- Planting Seeds for Tomorrow- An event for the autism community where parents and children create their own creative planters, plant succulents, network with other parents, and attend a special workshop on Special Needs Planning with our partners.
- PJs & Popsicles- An event for the autism community where parents can attend a Sleep Workshop,and kids can enjoy Sensory Movietime in their pajamas.
- “WE CAN” Carnival- This carnival celebrates the amazing abilities of children in a wondrous event filled with fun and activities.
The Place for Children with Autism and other local partners seek to make every autism awareness month special. If you weren’t able to join us for the events this year, be sure to stay tuned on our social channels for upcoming events.