Autism Acceptance MonthApril 12, 2023
April is Autism Acceptance Month. This year's theme, “Celebrate Differences,” aims to herald the acceptance of individuals beyond the spectrum.
Formerly known as Autism Awareness Month, in 2021, the Autism Society of America changed it to Autism Acceptance Month to promote receptivity and inclusivity.
Autism is a complex developmental condition stemming from differences in a person's brain structure and neurotransmitters affecting individuals' verbal and non-verbal communication. Currently, 1 in 54 children is diagnosed with autism every year.
Things to remember about autism:
- Autism is a disorder, not a disease.
- Individuals with autism need our support and not our judgment.
- It is likely you have met someone with autism, even if you think you haven't.
- Everyone on the autism spectrum is different, and there are many subtypes.
- Children with autistic characteristics are generally diagnosed by age four.
- Diagnosis rates may be increasing, but there are now better ways to monitor and assess symptoms.
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It is important to celebrate our differences so we can learn more about one another and become empowering to all neurodiverse individuals.