April…April, what is April known for? April Fool’s Day, spring and April showers? When someone thinks of the month April, autism isn’t necessary the first thing that springs to mind. We hope that soon it will be because of the continued efforts of National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM).
The Autism Society started celebrating National Autism Awareness Month in the 1970s as a way to highlight the growing concern and awareness about autism in USA. It is a month where educators are given the opportunity to teach the public about autism and the issues within the autism community.
However, supporters of the cause still need to push forward for further worldwide recognition. There are many things we can do, as shown on the Autism Society website:
1.Place the NAAM logo badge on your blog, Facebook profile, Twitter page or other social media site! Customize it to include your logo too!
2. Download a toolkit of visual and content resources to help you celebrate National Autism Awareness Month!
3. Create your own National Autism Awareness Month event!
4. Sign up for e-newsletter Autism Matters to continue sharing ideas on how to make a better world for autism here.
5. Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism! To purchase the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon for your shirt, car, locker or refrigerator, click here.
6. Connect with your neighbourhood. Many Autism Society local affiliates hold special events in their communities throughout the month of April. But if you can’t find an event that suits you just right, create your own!
Light in the Attic Learning is a tutoring company based in Canada, a country which proudly supports autism awareness. On October 23, 2012, a bill was passed making each and every April 2 officially recognized as World Autism Awareness Day in Canada. Not only that but Canada has joined in the “Light It Up Blue” initiative – on April 2 many iconic landmarks, hotels, sporting venues, concert halls, museums, bridges and retail stores are lit blue to raise autism awareness. Here are a few pictures of famous landmarks in Canada that turned blue this week:
Here at Light in the Attic Learning, we understand that many teachers aren’t fully prepared to successfully educate children with autism. We are. We can cater, develop and produce after school learning programs ensure that every child, with or without autism, is able to reach their full potential in and out of school. Please feel free to get in contact if you have any questions!