7 Positive Ways to Do Autism Awareness

Autism Awareness

When will the need for autism awareness end? Never! Even as the public moves towards acceptance and inclusion for those on the spectrum…we will need to continue awareness education. Yes, what we will talk about will change because people will evolve in their understanding. But it’s important that we keep the conversations going so we can demystify autism. No, our work as a community is not done. In fact, we are just beginning.

Here are 7 positive ways that self-advocates, parents, and educators are spreading autism awareness:

Autism Awareness - Marvel Comic Experience

Give kids a Marvel Comic-like experience.

James and Jonathan are self-advocates who think the best way to talk to kids about autism is through a marvelous Marvel-like universe called The Mighty League. Using a comic, they share what it’s like to be on the autism spectrum. The dynamic duo has been busy inspiring kids to become Superheroes of Acceptance! Ambassadors of Kindness! Friends of Friendliness!

Did you know that you can get Mighty League comics for free? Find out more…

Autism Awareness Adventure

Take people on an adventure.

Forget Pokémon GO. Courtney and her son Liam from A Legion for Liam are showing their community that Autism Rocks! They decorate rocks with facts about autism and place them around their town, like park benches, water fountains, and door frames. They just want to make people smile as they spread awareness. “We’re having fun and people have messaged me that they have found them.”

Autism Awareness - Julia on Sesame Street

Bring ‘Julia’ to school.

Using Sesame Street’s ‘Julia’ as her inspiration, Eraj made a colorful display and brought it to her son’s, school to educate elementary-age children about autism. Her life sized Julia cutout caught the kids’ attention! What’s next for this mom advocate? “I’m working on getting this into our public libraries and other schools in the neighborhood.”

Autism Awareness Spotlight

Shine a spotlight on self-advocates.

Stefanie of the Starfish Social Club is giving her students a wonderful way to self-advocate and educate their community about autism. 25 are stepping into the spotlight to tell their stories on video. Once completed, they’ll show it at their schools. How empowering!

Autism Awareness Graffiti

Graffiti a high school hallway.

Lisa from Quirks and Chaos has been an active positive advocate for awareness and inclusion since her son Tate’s autism diagnosis at a very early age. She created the very successful lunch buddy program that has helped Tate make lifelong friendships. Lisa never stops coming up with creative ways to educate others. For Autism Awareness Month, she graffitied the hallways of her son’s high school with comic strips about autism.

Autism Awareness Littlest Inventor

Be inventive in your storytelling.

Mandi captured her son’s story in, The Littlest Inventor, a children’s book about the self-advocacy of a spectrum child who finds inventive ways to manage his sensory processing issues. The book has opened a lot of doors for Mandi and her son, Sawyer, to help inform people about autism.

“I don’t want autism to be stigmatized, and I want my son and all kids to be confident in themselves and their abilities; that’s why it’s important to me to talk about autism.”

Autism Awareness Hashtag

Hashtag for better understanding.

Trisha is a teacher who’s trying to make a difference for other teachers and for students on the autism spectrum who deserve a better education. Her popular blog is a favorite go-to resource for educators looking for advice, training and support for working with autistic students. She recently launched a hashtag campaign to give autistic individuals a chance to be heard. #WIWMTU is an opportunity to say “What I Wish My Teacher Understood.”

What actions are you taking or what ideas do you have for spreading kindness, awareness and acceptance? Join our Acceptance Ambassadors and let us know what you’re doing!

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About Jodi Murphy

I am the founder of Geek Club Books, autism storytelling through mobile apps for awareness, acceptance and understanding. My mission is to use the art of storytelling and technology to entertain and educate for the social good. I am a 'positive' autism advocate, mother of an awesome adult on the autism spectrum, lifestyle journalist, and marketing specialist.

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