April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day! We are all about spreading awareness and acceptance of those with Autism in our communities and across the country. If you are curious about what you can do, check out these meaningful ideas below!
Do Your Research
The first way to can start to spread awareness is by learning and understanding better yourself. Be sure to source your research from reputable sources like the National Database for Autism Research.
Speak with Someone in the Community
There is no better way to learn about the community and their experiences than a first-hand account. Be sure to hear from multiple people. They all have wonderful stories and no two people in the community are the same, so don’t generalize anyone’s experiences.
Advocate and Lift Up Voices in Your Social Groups and Community
Many times the real voices of the Autism Community get overlooked. Talk with your friends, family, and neighbors about Autism and encourage them to continue learning as well.
Learn More About ASAN
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is run by and for individuals on the spectrum to include them in important decisions that affect their community like legislation, services, and accuracy of media depiction. This is an incredible organization that empowers people in the Autism Community.
Follow and Support Autistic Creators, Artists, and Business People
Following your favorite Autistic creators on social media or choosing to support their businesses can make a huge impact on awareness.
Encourage Anti-Bullying Initiatives
Individuals with Autism are disproportionately affected by bullying behavior. Supporting your local anti-bullying initiatives can help protect those individuals and spread a message of kindness and inclusivity.
It’s as easy as a bake sale or a car wash. Raising money for the Autism Community can help fund important initiatives, care, and education for local families. Do your research to see the best places to donate near you!