April is Autism Month, and April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. This month is referred to as World Autism Month, by Autism Speaks and Autism Acceptance Month, by the Autism Society of America. This month is separated to bring and increase awareness and acceptance of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Throughout April, many organizations offer resources for families, friends, and anyone looking to learn more about ASD. Resources such as education, how-to support individuals on the spectrum, and how to create more inclusive communities for individuals with autism.
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On April 2nd, World Autism Day, it is common to see people dressed in blue. Businesses, homes, and structures throughout the community lit up blue, too. This heartfelt gesture helps show support for individuals with autism and their families. The “Light It Up Blue” initiative was started by Autism Speaks back in 2010 to recognize individuals with autism. You can join in to recognize individuals with autism by wearing blue on April 2nd or lighting your home or office blue in April. In more recent years, we have also seen a rise in the use of red to symbolize autism acceptance and a rainbow-colored infinity symbol to signify neurodiversity. You can wear these colors, too.
This year, we join the millions of people around the world in recognizing individuals with autism, promoting awareness and acceptance, and increasing support and resources for individuals with autism. Together we can continue to educate others about autism, advocate for inclusivity in the community, and support individuals with autism in reaching their full potential.
Here are some ideas you can use to participate and show your recognition, awareness, and acceptance of people with autism.
- Blue lights for your home
- Autism pin
- Autism awareness shirts
- Autism acceptance shirt
- Neurodiversity shirt
Keep an eye out for FREE resources and tools we will be providing throughout this month.
If your loved one has autism, contact us, we are here to help.