April has widely been known as “Autism Awareness Month” in the United States as a way to empower autistic individuals and their families. The autism community and leading disability organizations are calling for a shift in language to match the growing need for acceptance within the community. The shift in the use of terminology aims to foster acceptance to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in education, employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services.
The Autism Society of America, the nation’s oldest leading grassroots autism organization, is proud to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in April 2021 with its “Celebrate Differences” campaign. Designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism, #CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.
To learn more about how you can support the language change from awareness to acceptance visit: https://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/