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How will you celebrate Autism Awareness Month?

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April is Autism Acceptance Month 

How will you participate in Autism Acceptance Month? Here are a few ways you can take part.

  1. Find out and participate in local groups activities - Look for local autism awareness organization’s events in your town such as fundraisers or Awareness Walks.
  2. Read autism books to your children - A mission of Autism Acceptance Month is to educate newer generations to foster acceptance and kindness towards the autistic community. Books about autism are a great way to coach your kids during this month and start important conversations. 
  3. Connect with or donate to Autism Awareness Organizations -  Donate to or volunteer with your local Autism Awareness Organizations to further their efforts and encourage their support for the community.

Read further for 5 interesting facts about autism you probably don’t know.

Autism Acceptance Month is important because it is the fastest-growing developmental disorder. There are approximately 70 million recognized cases of autism worldwide. It is essential that we spread awareness. Also, with the increasing occurrences of autism in the United States the public should be educated on the disorder to inspire change and support those dealing with it. This month reminds us to be empathetic, warm, and welcoming to autistic individuals and families around us. The United Nations theme for Autism Awareness is “Transformation: Toward a Neuro-Inclusive World for All.”


  1. Autism means alone

The word “autism” is derived from the Greek word “autos” meaning self. The literal meaning of Autism is “alone.”

  1. No known cure exists

There are various treatments, however, that help reduce symptoms.

  1. Dogs are autistic-friendly

Research has shown that dogs are linked to improved quality of life in autistic children, helping with their aggressive behavior, promoting independence, and safety.

  1. It is more likely to occur with “older” fathers

Another study reveals autism genetically occurs more in children with fathers aged over 40 years.

  1. Drowning is a leading cause of death

People with Autism Spectrum Disorder are found to commonly die by drowning.

While there is currently no known single cause of Autism since it can be caused by genetic mutation and sometimes, by environmental triggers, early diagnosis helps a person receive resources that can support the choices and opportunities needed to live fully.