Autism Acceptance Month 2021
Did you notice the word “ACCEPTANCE” instead of “AWARENESS”?
The Autism Society of Greater Akron (ASGA) will #CelebrateDifferences together as our network strives to build an inclusive community where individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities live fully through connection and acceptance. This April, ASGA joins the Autism Society of America (ASA) and our sister affiliates across the country to continue its third annual “Celebrate Differences” campaign, but this time, it will be called Autism Acceptance Month.
Since the 1970s, April has widely been known as Autism Awareness Month, dedicated to empowering individuals with autism and their families. This year, we are joining ASA and calling for a shift in language to match the growing need for acceptance within our communities. We are also advocating for federal and state lawmakers to designate April as Autism Acceptance Month.
While we will always work to spread awareness, words matter -- the need for acceptance is greater than ever, as we strive for individuals with autism to live fully in all areas of life. As many individuals and families affected by autism know, acceptance is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system.
CONNECT WITH US!
ASGA is a proud member of the Ohio Family Network (OFN), connecting people with disabilities and their families to local information and resources within their communities. OFN provides opportunities to share ideas, find solutions to common challenges and inspire and strengthen others.