The Art of Autism prefers Autism Acceptance Month
The month of April is Autism Awareness Month. April 2 has been designated by the United Nations as World Autism Awareness Day. This year their focus is on “assistive technologies, active participation.”
Here are some suggestions for increasing autism awareness, acceptance and inclusion.
Support autistic entrepreneurs and businesses owned by autistic people
The Art of Autism often posts about businesses that benefit autistic people. Many of our artists who we post about sell art, prints, or books. When gift-giving think about how your money can make a difference. Instead of giving a generic ribbon think about giving a unique creation or piece of jewelry made by someone on the autism spectrum.
Hire an autistic employee
Currently the unemployment and under employment rate of autistic people is at 90 percent. If you are an employer think about hiring autistic people or setting up training programs that accommodate autistic people in your business.
Think twice about where your donations are going
The Art of Autism is a small nonprofit that is all-volunteer. Three members of our board are autistic. All monies donated goes directly to our projects which empower autistic people and their families.
In contrast there is one huge nonprofit that dominates. We recommend giving directly to smaller nonprofits or local nonprofits where you can see where your money is going.
Kids on the autism spectrum are often left out of birthday parties or other activities outside of school. Encourage your child to invite them.
Many small nonprofits that serve autistic people can use help. School boards need enthusiastic people who believe in inclusion.
Share informative posts on social media that bring awareness and acceptance
The Art of Autism posts daily articles that promote inclusion, education, awareness, and are of general interest. Please share!
Remember teachers, paraprofessionals, and support personnel
Advocate that teachers, paraprofessionals and support personnel get the support they need to do their jobs.
Include autistic people in meaningful ways.
No matter what discipline, autistic people can be included in more meaningful ways. For example, in research studies involve autistic researchers; in film production; involve autistic producers, animators and actors.
At the Art of Autism we believe every day is about increasing awareness and acceptance about autism. We are grateful to those who have donated and started Facebook birthdays for us over the last couple of years. This has enabled us to pay for the high-quality blogs from ActuallyAutistic bloggers on this website.