April is Autism Awareness Month, and Geek Club Books and Conquer for Conner are teaming up with the Autism Society to present a full roster of editorial and special events that focus on the positive side of Autism. We call it Autimism and our mission is to move the world forward— from awareness to acceptance to inclusion.
Every day in April, you’ll be uplifted and inspired by essays, interviews and photography by the people who are or have someone they love on the autism spectrum—mom bloggers, Facebook admins, young autistic adults, photographers, and company founders. Read stories and view compelling photography that will help you understand and connect with autism in ways you may not have been exposed to before.
You’ll learn something new and change your perceptions of autistic individuals who have talents and abilities to contribute to the world, if the world will only let them.
In celebration of Worldwide Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, you can download Geek Club Books Mighty League App in iTunes for FREE. This interactive storybook app is based on Jonathan, and his real life adventures growing up with Asperger’s Syndrome. Written by his sister, Molly, and narrated by Jonathan, the story is told by someone who sees his world from a very unique perspective. It promotes self-acceptance, awareness, and an understanding for others who are different.
Sharon Cummings and her son Conner are the mother-son team who’ve been in Washington DC on Capital Hill to change special needs support laws. Sharon is a board member of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia chapter and she is hosting Autism Acceptance Get Together’s—relaxed sit downs for meeting families who are making a difference and gain a better understanding that no two children or adults are the same on the autism spectrum. Great snacks and lots of support for all. Find out more by visiting the Conquer for Conner Facebook Page.
On Sunday, on April 27th, the Autism Society is hosting an Autism Acceptance Walk at the Fredericksburg Fairgrounds. This walk is a celebration of the gifts and talents that individuals with autism bring to our communities and fundraise to increase the Northern Virginia’ Chapter’s Intervention Assistance Fund, which offers mini-grants to individuals and families for treatments and services to meet their goals to live as independently as possible on the spectrum.
These are but a few examples of the many activities happening in April through the Autism Society. Scroll down for links to more information and make sure you go to the very end to get a glimpse of our awesome Autimism Giveaway!
To find the Autism Society Autism Awareness Events happening nearest to you, click on your state below.
Don’t forget to come back in April to enter our Autism Awareness giveaway for a Nexus 7, gift cards and goodies! (More prizes will be added before launch time!)