The month of April is widely recognized as Autism Awareness Month. However, did you know there has been an increasing push for it to be Autism Acceptance Month? It was first organized in 2011 by Paula Durbin Westby. She advocated that there needs to be more than just information and facts about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Westby argued that having awareness is only half of the battle. It is one thing to be aware, but entirely different to accept it.
This month’s emphasis is on the celebration of the people with Autism and not just about numbers, facts and a diagnosis. Autism Acceptance Month is about being seen as family members, co-workers and friends.
Yes, the initial step was to get society to learn about Autism, but now this month of April is for the people who have Autism!