April – Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month

April – Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month

-Eunice Payne, Inclusion Teacher

Ignite Autism

Autism Acceptance and Awareness Month promotes acceptance and celebration of people with autism as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world. During the month of April, the focus is on sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism.

“Autism Acceptance Month is an opportunity to advocate and practice acceptance for the Autism community through inclusion, support and connection.” said Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. “No matter who you are, where you live, or your abilities, you should be able to have the connection to supports, services, community and resources needed to live fully.”

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Because autism is a spectrum disorder, each person with autism has a distinct set of strengths and challenges. The ways in which people with autism learn, process, and problem-solve can range from highly skilled to severely challenged.

Here at Ignite School, our students with ASD are served via their Individualized Education Program (IEP) utilizing inclusive practices. The Inclusion team, with collaborative efforts from the instructional entire staff, delivers specialized services to our students to provide life-long learning experiences. It is our goal to promote acceptance and awareness throughout the school year.

So, let us end the month by wearing something “blue” on Friday, April 29th and add a piece in the puzzle to accept people with autism as the unique individuals they are.

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