We invite everyone to recognize April as Autism Acceptance Month. Awareness is passive, we can all be aware without doing a thing. Acceptance requires you to do the work. Here are some ways to promote acceptance this April.
- Take the time to actively do some research about autism.
- No judgement. Friendships and finding the helpers can often be difficult for those with autism. Be open to them.
- Find the joy. When a person with autism shows or tells us what they like, support that without judgment.
- It’s important to accept all needs, especially if some of those are different than what you may be used to.
- Find, see, and hold onto the value, worth, and dignity of everyone.
- Differences are not wrong, bad, shameful, or a problem. They are just different.
- Have an open mind. Surrounding yourself with those who are different than you creates cooperation and new solutions.
- Embrace the person, their abilities, their differences.
- Tell others about your experiences. In return, be open to listening to others.
- Meet others where they are, not where you want them to be.
Thank you to our friends in the autism community for helping us to compile this list to help everyone during Autism Acceptance Month.