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Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month. This month, learn about Autism and celebrate and support your students, classmates and community members on the spectrum.

Based on a 2020 survey of 11 communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1 in 36 children (2.8%) are identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is not a single disorder, but a group of closely related disorders affecting how a child learns, interacts with others and communicates. Behaviors, abilities, and symptoms vary considerably creating unique challenges for intervention and treatment.

Recommended Ebooks

Coming out Asperger: diagnosis, disclosure and self-confidence
This book explores the complex diagnosis for Asperger Syndrome and how this impinges on self-esteem.

Educating college students with autism spectrum disorders
This book discusses the accommodation of students with significant learning differences in postsecondary education.

The jumbled jigsaw: an insider’s approach to the treatment of autistic spectrum ‘fruit salads’
Spectrum disorders are presented as a combination of a whole range of underlying conditions.

The reason I jump: the inner voice of a thirteen-year-old boy with autism
An illuminating look into the mind, struggles, and perspectives of an autistic child who was diagnosed with autism at the age of five.

Look me in the eye: my life with Asperger’s
John Elder Robinson’s memoir of his life and diagnosis with Asperger’s at age 40.

Recommended websites

Autism Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
A grassroots nonprofit organization run by and for autistic people. Their mission is to make society more inclusive for autistic people.

Autism Society of America
The Autism Society of America website provides information and resources for people living with autism, their family members, and for people who want to learn more. Includes information about autism through the lifespan, and resources for self-advocacy.

MedlinePlus provides an overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder and links to a wide variety of resources.

The Shift From “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month”
Learn why the Autism Society is wanting to change the title from “Autism Awareness” to “Autism Acceptance”. Words matter.

PCC Disability Services “Students on the Spectrum”
Provides resources and links to local resources for students on the spectrum and their families.