April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

For the month of April, our nation and the rest of the world will be celebrating Autism Awareness. Places around the world will be lighting up their buildings with the color blue, some will be wearing t-shirts depicting autism awareness and yet others will be attending pep rallies.

I believe it is more than that though and so does Kim Stagliano, an author and mother who has three daughters on the spectrum. She states that “People with autism need advocates committed not only to getting them the acceptance they deserve, but also the critical help they require to survive, in the form of social programs, education, safety and employment opportunities.

She continues to say that “if you're compelled to contribute to Autism Awareness Month, I suggest you make a donation to a local organization that is actively helping families in your area. Instead of attending pep rallies and wearing blue bracelets, give to an organization that provides service dogs for autistic children or volunteer as an autism buddy. If your child has a classmate on the spectrum, invite that classmate to your child's next birthday party. You know that cashier at the grocery store who doesn't look at you as she takes care of your order? Smile at her, even if she does not smile back. The best way we can support Autism Awareness Month is to turn it into Autism Action Month. People with autism deserve a bright - not just a blue - future.”