As you may already know, April is National Autism Awareness Month! Next month, many organizations and individuals will be conducting initiatives to raise awareness and funds for autism spectrum disorders.
The Autism Society, for instance, has teamed up with film director Geradine Wurzburg to theatrically release the documentary Wretches and Jabberers in honor of National Autism Awareness Month. The film follows two men with autism, Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher, as they travel the world in hope of increasing autism awareness and acceptance. During April, the film will be screened at select AMC theaters. You can click here for a schedule of movie screenings.
Autism Speaks has also partnered with a number of companies to launch autism awareness fundraising campaigns during the month of April. Among these companies are Toys”R”Us, T.J. Maxx, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Build-A-Bear Workshop, and Ask.com. To learn more about these campaigns and others, you can click here.
In addition to participating in initiatives put on by various organizations, we all can do our part to increase autism awareness within our communities next month. Some ways that each of us can contribute include:
- Wearing an autism ribbon
- Advocating for autism legislation
- Using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to disseminate information
- Emailing friends and family
- Giving out flyers at the office
- Reading a children’s book about autism to your child’s class
It is now estimated that one in 110 children are diagnosed with autism. Despite this statistic, autism awareness is still relatively low within our communities. National Autism Awareness Month is a great opportunity to educate others about autism spectrum disorders. What will you do in honor of Nation Autism Awareness Month?