We’re back! While autism acceptance is always best practice, April is a month set aside for educating people about autism, autistic people, and a world wide enough for all of us. We’ve got some great stuff in store this year!
For 2014, we have dramatically expanded the resources we offer! We’ve reformatted and expanded our factsheets, and added new links to other organizations providing practical support and insight. As in previous years, those resources are sorted by who might need them; we have customized resource pages for self-advocates, parents, educators, and people who are new to autism and autism acceptance. This year we also have a resource section started for employers looking to hire people with autism, as well as a 101 glossary of commonly used terms in our materials. Finally, we are maintaining a page which highlights links to community-driven autism acceptance-related content all across the web.
Autism Acceptance Day is April 2nd, but Autism Acceptance Month lasts for 28 more days. In the following weeks, keep an eye on our Listen Up! PSA page–we might have a surprise for you in store.
What Does Autism Acceptance Look Like?
We are looking for first-person and family perspectives on autism and autism acceptance to include in our “What Is Autism” section. We are looking for brief descriptions of what autism is like from the perspective of autistic people of all ages, and brief discussions from autistic people or their families about what autism acceptance looks like in action day-to-day and why it is important.
We have posed two questions to get people started:
“What does autism acceptance mean to me?”
“What does autism acceptance look like?”
Answer can be written (500 words or less), images, or video (5 minutes or less, in .MOV, .MPEG4, .AVI, .WMV, .MPEGPS, .FLV, 3GPP, or WebM format.) Answers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, and will be posted on the Autism Acceptance Month website and shared via social media.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Throughout April, we’ll be using the hashtag #AutismAcceptance to promote positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism, encourage accepting and inclusive perspectives, share resources and Autism Acceptance Month-related content, and celebrate autistic people. We encourage you to join us! Share our resources and PSAs, check back in frequently, submit your own answers to “what does autism acceptance look like,” and make #AutismAcceptance go viral. We can change the conversation, one tweet, Facebook post, and story at a time.