April is Autism Acceptance Month!

In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared April 2nd to be World Autism Awareness Day with the goal of spreading awareness internationally and promote full inclusion of people with autism. This year's theme is "Assistive Technologies, Active Participation". The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes the crucial role of assistive technology such as AAC devices in enabling persons with autism to exercise their rights and freedoms. This year they will be discussing the following topics with self-advocates and experts: political participation and advocacy, telemedicine, education and employment, independent living and digital communities.

 

Here are a few easy ways for you to show your support and increase autism awareness in your community:

 

  1. People around the world are celebrating by wearing the color blue on April 2nd. The organization Autism Speaks created the campaign "Light It Up Blue" to spread awareness and raise funds to support research for autism. To read more about this organization follow this link to their official website.

  2. Wear a puzzle piece! Originally, the puzzle piece was adopted by the Autism Society in 1999 as the universal sign of autism awareness because autism seemed puzzling. The Autism Awareness Ribbon with a puzzle pattern reflects the complexity of ASD. The different colors and shapes represent diversity of the people with autism and their families. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope that people with autism will live full lives. The Autism Society works diligently to spread awareness and support legislative efforts to improve the lives of people with autism and their families. To read more about this organization follow this link to their official website.

  3. Raise funds on Social Media such as Facebook

  4. Join OBC at the Denver Autism Speaks Walk on May 5! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @oliverbehavior for more information. Follow this link to find out more! http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/Colorado?fr_id=4278&pg=entry