As many of you know, April is Autism Awareness Month! The purpose of this nationwide initiative is to promote awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all. The autism community strives to ensure acceptance and inclusion of people with an ASD diagnosis, so there can be a true appreciation of their (and in return, everyone’s!) unique aspects and talents.
So, what can you do to make a difference during this awesome month? A lot, actually! Here are six easy ways to get involved. Special thanks to one of our amazing Autism Program Managers, Delilah Mendes de Gouveia, for putting together this list to share with all of you!
- GET ACTIVE – Participate in Families Helping Families’ 8th Annual Active for Autism 5K Run/Walk & Fun Fest on April 22nd. Proceeds from the event support the FHF resource center for autism spectrum disorders. In fact, you can run with us on Team Emerge! [[Register here]]
- WEAR IT – The puzzle piece ribbon is the universal sign for autism. Wear a ribbon or add a magnet to your vehicle! [[Order puzzle piece items here]]
- GET INFORMED – Sign up to receive the Autism Society’s e-newsletter and Autism Society Action Alerts. [[Sign up here]]
- SEE A MOVIE – AMC has partnered with the Autism Society to offer unique movie showings with the ASD community in mind. The lights are turned up and the sound is turned down! You can get up, walk around, dance, shout, AND sing! [[See participating locations/buy tickets here]]
- SHARE – Help spread the word through your social media! Turn your profile blue, use #LIUB (Light It Up Blue), and share reliable information with your family and friends, like scientific journals, medical school/university websites, and science-based organizations (Autism Speaks)
- VOLUNTEER – Give your time to local organizations like Families Helping Families or Emerge!