Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Read on to learn more about this month and how to get involved.

Here the National Autistic Society explain the importance of this month, and the significant shift from awareness to acceptance...

“We’ve come a long way in the past 60 years and today almost everyone has heard of autism. But far too few people understand what it’s actually like to be autistic, both the strengths you can have and how hard life can be at times.”

Autism is a condition that falls under the term neurodiversity, this also includes ADHD, dyspraxia and many other conditions. People who are neurodiverse interact and perceive the world in a different way to people who are neurotypical (someone without a neurodiverse condition).

There are so many great activities and resources out there to help you get involved in Autism Acceptance Month, we've listed some of our favuorites below to get you started!

What Is Autism? National Autistic Society video

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability which affects how people communicate and interact with the world. One in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK. Autism is a spectrum condition and affects people in different ways. Like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses.

Watch the video here.

How aware are you? Autism Together Quiz

Take part in this true or false quiz and see how aware you are about autism. Take the quiz here!

Understanding Autism Poster from the National Autistic Society

Download and print the poster here.

Autism Acceptance Month Funbook for kids from Autism Together

Download and print the funbook here.

Bethany Donaghy, PhD student at Liverpool John Moores University, shares her personal experience with autism

Read all about Bethany's experience here.

Check out #AutismAcceptanceMonth on Twitter to get involved in the discussion, and tweet us @buzzmanc letting us know what you're getting up to to raise awareness!

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