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Along with ‘Celebrate Diversity Month’, the month of April is also AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH.
In 1970, the Autism Society launched an ongoing nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and assure that all affected by autism are able to achieve the highest quality of life possible. In 1972, the Autism Society launched the first annual National Autistic Children’s week, which evolved into Autism Awareness Month.
In 2021, the Autism Society of America announced that it formally shifted references of “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month”. The change called on everyone to shift their language to match the growing need for acceptance within the community.
Autism diagnoses are growing, both for children and adults. Last December, the CDC announced that one in 44 children are diagnosed with Autism. Over 7 million people in the United States are on the Autism spectrum.
Autism affects people from all racial, ethnic and socio-economic standings. The increased Autism prevalence rate stresses the urgent need for equitable access to diagnostic evaluations, and early interventions that have a significant impact on lifelong outcomes.
The Autism Society has a variety of resources designed to inform and encourage communities to celebrate differences and become more inclusive of individuals with autism.
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