Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Autism Awareness Month

"The first step to change is awareness."
Nathaniel Brandon

Awareness. Another A-word.

As I said in my last post, all of us probably know someone who suffers from the "A"conditions I mentioned.

If you're like me, that knowing is a like dust bunnies under the bed.

I know they are there. I know I should sweep them up, and I know that one day I'll get around to it. It's not until move the bed across the floor and find a whole community of bunnies thriving in the detritus (really, where does that stuff come from?) that I KNOW the extent of the problem.

To that end, President Obama has proclaimed April 2, 2014, World Autism Awareness Day.  

"Americans Americans with autism contribute to all aspects of society and are an essential thread in the diverse tapestry of our Nation. On World Autism Awareness Day, we offer our support and respect to all those on the autism spectrum. "

In fact, the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s. The month of April has been set aside by the Autism Society to "educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community.

The power of one, if fearless and focused, 

is formidable, 
but the power of many working together is better.
Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

What can I do, you ask? Well, with the help of I just happen to have a few answers.

  • The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Show your support for people with autism by "putting the puzzle" on your shirt, your car, or your FB page.
  • Contact your local, state and federal representatives and ask them to "Vote 4 Autism". For more information go to
  •  Many Autism Society local affiliates* hold special events during the month of April. Check out what's happening in your neighborhood.
  •  Did you know that something that seems as simple as going to the movies is not an option for many families affected by autism? The Autism Society is working with AMC Theatres to bring special-needs families Sensory Friendly Films every month.
  • Share your experience/stories with NAAM or autism 
I encourage you to get involved,
Merry ME

*Autism Society affiliates are your best source of information and support. Most affiliates are volunteer-led by parents, care providers and other professionals. We have affiliates in nearly every state reaching out to individuals with autism and their families with information, support, and encouragement.

Note: Most of this information came straight from the Autism Society website. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A very dear friend of mine has a child, adult now, who has autism. She works so hard to make his life and hers a good one.
never ever an easy battle...