National Autism Awareness Month is celebrated during the month of April. Autism is a
neurodevelopmental disorder that affects an individual’s ability to communicate and socially interact. According to the CDC, it is estimated that 1 in 44 children has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the U.S. The symptoms can vary from person to person, as it is a disorder with a complex set of developmental disabilities. The month of April is dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding for those who are living with ASD.
Families with ASD face unique challenges and we can show them our support and
understanding in many ways. Here are a few:
1. Take time to learn and understand their behaviors.
Dive into books, articles, and research studies to educate yourself on the condition and have a better understanding. ASD manifests itself in various ways and it is important to understand its complexity before making assumptions.
2. Listen to their experiences.
Listen to the experiences and stories of the families with ASD and their challenges with an open heart and mind. Try to understand their unique challenges by asking respectful questions.
3. Show empathy.
Offer support and encouragement while listening to their struggles. Show your kindness by
possibly volunteering or donating to an autism-related organization.
Families living with ASD face challenges every day as they face significant stigma in their
everyday lives. When discrimination is encountered, help families by speaking out and
advocating for the rights of autistic people.
5. Offer practical help.
Help ASD children and families by performing small acts of kindness. Run errands, babysit, cook meals, pay someone’s bill, let someone go in front of you in line, write a kind note, help with housework, or home repair, etc. These small acts of kindness can go a long way and have the power to brighten someone’s day.
Let us use this month of autism awareness to show our love and support for families with
autism who have defied the odds! Donate to the autism speaks organization to show your