For over 50 years, April has been designated and celebrated as Autism Awareness Month, with the goal being to help spread awareness and educate local communities about Autism. As we kick off the month of April, it is essential to know the history of the incredible obstacles advocates and families worldwide overcame to make this month what it is today. It is remarkable to see how far we have come, but it is only a start to what is still needed as we work towards more inclusion and meaningful change.
In 1970, the Autism Society of America, the United States’ oldest leading grassroots autism organization, set in motion the ongoing national effort to ensure that all autistic people are provided the opportunity to achieve the highest quality of life possible. Studies conducted showed an estimated 1 in every 2,000 children with Autism during that time. With these staggering numbers increasing at a rate of 10-17% each year, Autism quickly became the fastest-growing developmental disability globally. These factors contributed to creating the National Autistic Children’s Week, which eventually evolved into a month-long observance known as Autism Awareness Month, which became widely observed throughout the autism community.
Throughout the years, many individuals and organizations have begun to shift towards observing April as Autism Acceptance Month. The focus has become more than spreading awareness but prioritizing acceptance and inclusion in all of our communities since acceptance is one of the most significant barriers to finding and creating a solid support system throughout the lifespan. Currently, it is estimated that 1 in every 44 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (CDC 2021). These numbers show how predominant the need for Autism Acceptance Month is today.
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