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April: National Autism Month

April: National Autism Month

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It’s hard in today’s world not to know what autism. Even though the Autism Society has been celebrating National Autism Awareness Month since the 1970s, only in the last ten years has autism awareness (and disorders on the autism spectrum) become household knowledge. For teachers of any age and subject, it’s almost impossible in an education career to not come in contact with a child who has been diagnosed with autism. Like any developmental disability, knowledge about the disability and common ways to help provide support learning can aid teachers. A label of autism is just that, a label. It doesn’t mean child can’t learn or can’t be as social as the other children in the class. In my experience, these children are some of the most rewarding children to form relationships with and help learn.

About Autism Month from the National Autism Society

Spread the word. Helping the autism community can be as easy as updating your Facebook or Twitter status! On April 1, the Autism Society is asking supporters to change their status on Facebook and/or Twitter to “Autism affects 1 in 110. Text “AUTISM” to 50555 to donate $10 to the Autism Society. Help spread the word: http://bit.ly/bUAVRf.” For the first time ever, supporters can now simply text “AUTISM” to 50555 to donate $10 to the Autism Society. 100% of your donations will go to support the Autism Society’s mission of improving the lives of all affected by autism.

Make a difference. There are several important bills moving through Congress that will have important effects on the autism community – safer educational settings (Keeping All Students Safe Act), better autism services (Autism Treatment Acceleration Act), greater financial independence (Achieving a Better Life Experience Act), better protection against toxic chemicals (Toxic Substances Control Act Reform, introduction anticipated soon), and more. For more information about this legislation and to take action to support it, visit www.vote4autism.org.

Next: 10 Activities for Autism Awareness Month


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