What is Autism Awareness?
Autism Awareness is the term used to describe the activities that take place, typically during the month of April, to educate the public about Autism Spectrum Disorder. It was originally declared by the Autism Society in April of 1970 and since then April has become National Autism Awareness Month in the U.S. and World Autism Awareness Day.
Organizations have been ‘raising awareness’ for over 45 years. There’s a growing trend within the autism community to evolve that term into “autism acceptance.” So many of us—parents and autistic individuals—feel that we need to move the public past simple awareness into greater understanding and deeper connection to autism if we ever hope to create compassionate, caring and accepting communities.
Learn More about Autism Awareness and Acceptance
- 7 Ways to Do Autism Awareness
- How to Advocate for Autism on Social Media
- What Autism Inclusion in the Mainstream Really Means
- Why It’s Mandatory for Court Personnel to Be Autism Aware!
- Mothers’ hope, love and acceptance in Autimisms One and Two
- Autism Acceptance in Action by Sharon Fuentes
- How Will You Make an Acceptance Impact?
- How to Explain Autism Acceptance to Kids
- What Happens When They Know but Refuse to Accept Your Autism?
Find more resources on our Welcome Autism Families page
Autism Awareness Tools for Schools
- Discover 4 Ways to Differentiate in your classroom
- The Secrets of a Successful Lunch Buddy Program (Featured in People Magazine)
- What Your Autistic Students Want You to Know
- Free classroom resources on our Autism EDU page
- 10 Inclusion Strategies for General Education Teachers
- School visits, assemblies, and presentations (Live in San Francisco Bay Area and Skype version elsewhere)
Find more resources on our Welcome Educators page
Go back to our Find Autism Resources page