Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month

Celebrating Autism Acceptance Month

This month, New Hope celebrated Autism Acceptance Month. This April (and every month), we celebrate the contributions and individuality of those with autism. In observance of this month, we wanted to shed light on the history of this month-long celebration. 

In the 1970’s, April was designated as Autism Awareness Month to raise awareness and promote education of autism. This initiative to designate an awareness month was headed by Dr. Bernard Rimland, a research psychologist who worked to change attitudes towards autism. After many years, the name of the month was changed to Autism Acceptance Month to shift the focus and bolster the message of promoting inclusion and connectedness of individuals with autism and to celebrate individual differences. 

At New Hope, we feel it is important to celebrate and advocate during Autism Acceptance Month to spread messages of acceptance and connect our community to support services. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every thirty-six children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and April is a time where we can promote inclusion with hopes of creating a more equitable world. 

Want to become a change maker? Consider getting involved with New Hope to help promote inclusion right here in our community. Click the button below to see ways you can make a difference.  

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