April is Autism acceptance Month

April 2021 is Autism Acceptance Month

In Partnership with the Program for Inclusion and Neurodiversity Education (P.I.N.E.) from NYU, the Elmira City School District will be recognizing and celebrating Neurodiversity and Autism Acceptance Month in April. The concept of neurodiversity means that brain differences are just that: differences and they are normal. So a disability such as autism isn’t “abnormal.” It is simply a variation of the human brain.

For autistic students, with learning and thinking differences, the idea of neurodiversity has real benefits. It can help kids (and their parents) frame their challenges as differences, rather than as deficits. It can also shed light on instructional approaches that might help to highlight particular strengths kids have.

Come join us in celebrating Neurodiversity and Autism Acceptance at the Elmira Express Boys’ Soccer game on April 19th at 5:00pm at the EDA Turf Field. There will be an informational table on autism and well as free autism acceptance bracelets. Just a reminder, due to COVID Protocols, only two spectators per athlete will be allowed to attend.

I want to be accepted.
I want to be understood.
I want to find connections.
I want for people to know I am unique.
I want people to still be talking about autism…
After April and World Autism Month is over.
I want autistic people to be provided supports.
And I want autistic people to live the best quality of life possible…
Just like I would hope for anyone else.
~Kerry Magro

Acceptance Wordle

For several years now, there has been a shift from autism awareness month to autism acceptance month. "Acceptance is an action. This means that autism acceptance is an active process that requires both a shift in thinking and in action." (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)

"It goes beyond just being aware that autistic people exist. It’s about equal rights and justice for the autistic community, treating autistic people with autonomy and respect, and adopting a 'nothing about us without us' mindset that autistic people should be at the center of conversations about autism." (Alaina Leary)