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Promote Autism Awareness


  1. Expand your social circle
    • Many children with ASD are socially excluded from a very young age because they engage in behaviors that that are viewed as falling outside societal norms. Expanding you and your child’s network of friendships and activities to include individuals with different abilities, such as ASD, is not only the kind thing to do, but it can also provide opportunities for you and your child to connect with and learn from others from different backgrounds and experiences. This in turn broadens perspectives of the world and teaches open-mindedness to new ideas, beliefs, and values. This includes learning that differing
      abilities are, as Dr. Temple Grandin has famously said, “different, not
  2. Focus on strengths, not just challenges
    • . Though many children and adults with ASD face challenges, it is important to identify and recognize the strengths that also accompany ASD. For instance, many individuals with ASD exhibit highly focused interests, such as technology or animals, which could make it difficult to form and maintain relationships if these interests dominate their lives. However, if that individual can participate in an activity or group
      that involves that interest, it becomes a pathway to form friendships. Further, that individual might pursue employment in line with their interests, promoting individual self-determination. Focusing on the unique abilities of an individual will strengthen their sense of self and achievement.
  3. Use language appropriate to the individual.
    • While person-first language (e.g., person with ASD) is commonly used among professionals and parents, many selfadvocates within the ASD community prefer identity-first language (e.g., “autistic person”) as they view ASD as something that cannot and should not be separated from their identity. There is much debate about what terminology to use; however, it is important to use language most appropriate to an individual with ASD in order to show acceptance of their individual identity. This could mean asking individuals or their family members what language they find to be the most respectful and appropriate.
  1. Offer support through advocacy.
    • While children with ASD are often able to receive support at school either through Children’s services , the same supports are not necessarily guaranteed in the community, such as extracurricular activities (e.g., baseball games or birthday parties) or places of worship (e.g., churches, mosques, synagogues, etc.). If you see that another parent is trying to advocate for accommodations for their child with ASD, such as creating a sensory-friendly religious service, then have their back. This means offering support through listening to them and learning from them, as well as personally reaching out to the individuals in charge who can make accommodations happen
  2. Provide meaningful opportunities for individuals with ASD to be included.
    • Beyond inviting individuals with ASD to social gatherings, you can make a difference by helping to promote and create opportunities to include teens and adults with ASD in the workplace. Talk to your employer about why it is important to employ differently-abled individuals and how your workplace can do a better job of recruiting, supporting and retaining individuals with ASD as valuable team members.

Impact Story

Imagine a child brimming with ideas but unable to hold a crayon. This was a child who came to our center with severe muscle limitations. Even grasping objects was a challenge. Determined to help them communicate, our therapists incorporated massage therapy. The gentle pressure improved muscle tone, coordination, and provided crucial sensory input. Today, thanks to hard work and dedication, this child can hold a pencil and write! This is a monumental step in their communication journey. However, their journey continues, and sponsorship is vital to ensure continued therapy. By supporting them, you empower them to express themselves and connect with the world. Donate today and help us rewrite the story for this amazing child.