National Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month

Embracing the beautiful spectrum of differences, we stand strong, united, and proud this month! Join us as we celebrate National Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month – spreading love, understanding, and acceptance. Together, let’s create a world where every unique mind shines bright! 💙🌈 See activities and learn more below!

2024 Theme: focus on stories of empowerment, challenges faced, and the victories achieved in aligning sustainable development goals with autism awareness.


The Facts

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition.
  • People with ASD may behave, communicate, interact, and learn in ways that are different from most other people. There is often nothing about how they look that sets them apart from other people.  The abilities of people with ASD can vary significantly. For example, some people with ASD may have advanced conversation skills whereas others may be nonverbal. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives; others can work and live with little to no support.
  • World Autism Awareness Day 2024 is not just a date but a beacon of progress. By coupling this day with SDG Resources’ efforts, we underline the relevance of inclusive sustainable development.
  • Today, society has a greater awareness of autism than ever before. However, those affected by autism often face many struggles throughout life, from bullying and prejudice to limited job opportunities and access to health care.
  • Education about the autism community is important, but advocates argue that we shouldn’t stop there. Autistic people need awareness, acceptance, and inclusion for genuine community support.
  • Since 2011, the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) has designated April as “Autism Acceptance Month.” ASAN emphasizes the importance of accepting autism as a natural part of the human experience to foster meaningful dialogue.
  • Other groups also use Autism Acceptance Month over Autism Awareness Month, including:
    • the Association of University Centers on Disabilities
    • Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network
    • The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD).
  • In March 2021, the Autism Society of America encouraged the media to use new language in their coverage. Christopher Banks, the President and CEO of the Autism Society, emphasized the importance of words, stating that they play a crucial role in promoting acceptance for individuals with autism.
  • Recognizing that acceptance is a key factor in building strong support systems, the organization continues to raise awareness and foster understanding.
  • Ultimately, the goal of Autism Acceptance Month is to be more inclusive of the community it seeks to celebrate. It promotes not just education about the differences of people with autism but understanding and respecting them.

How To Observe

  • Be more inclusive of the community it seeks to celebrate.
  • Learn more about those with intellectual disabilities and share about your research.
  • When talking to individuals with Autism, keep eye contact and use their first name in conversations.
  • See if there are local events celebrating or volunteering with a local program like Special Olympics Maryland in April!

Videos about National Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month


Additional Resources

Take action and empower the autism community for World Autism Month

Autism Acceptance vs Awareness: Is There a Difference?

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?


Activities

Social Media

During April, share with your friends and followers on social media how to share about National Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Your post could be a video or a picture! Also, do not forget to share using the hashtags #NationalAutismAwareness #ExperienceInclusion.

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