April 2, 2015

Autism Awareness Month Resources

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Whether you are a teacher, parent, or student, the odds are that someone with Autism has touched your life. In fact, in 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Therefore, it is very important to promote understanding and acceptance. Accordingly, World Autism Month was created. Specifically:

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. This year we want to go beyond simply promoting autism awareness to encouraging friends and collaborators to become partners in movement toward acceptance and appreciation.

Let’s embrace a new perspective. For 50 years we have worked in communities (both large and small) to ensure our actions, through our services and programming, supported all individuals living with autism. Let’s expand this work to focus on the rest of us – ensuring acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities that results in true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people. We want to get one step closer to a society where those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.


The U.N. recognizes this month too

Moreover, the month is recognized and celebrated by the United Nations. Secretary-General António Guterres said:

“On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms.”

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In order to promote awareness and support research, there are tons of great resources. Noteably, there are things that both adults and children can do. Accordingly, here are some of my favorites:

Learning Activities/Lesson Plans to Raise Awareness

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Even more great resources!

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Additional Ways to Support Autism Awareness & Research

In addition to teaching your children and students about the cause, please consider supporting one of these merchants. Each is donating a portion of sales to aid in research. Even better, you get great products! Please share this post so others can contribute too. Thank you!!

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