April is National Autism Awareness Month

Smiley FaceApril is national Autism Awareness Month and The Arc and The Autism NOW National Autism Resource & Information Center are working to empower people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with the information and resources they need to live their lives to the fullest potential. We are also working to help others become more aware and accepting of people with ASDs.

With the CDC declaring that 1 in 68 children may be impacted by autism spectrum disorders, it’s a fair bet that each one of us knows someone with autism or someone who has a family member or friend with autism. Since this disorder is a spectrum and not everyone with a diagnosis of ASD “appears” to have autism, you may know someone on the spectrum and not even realize it.

That’s why it’s important to dispel all of the myths and misinformation to understand and accept what having an ASD really means. And that’s why The Autism NOW Center exists, to weed through the volumes of information out there and provide high-quality, vetted resources and information to people with autism and other developmental disabilities, their family, friends, colleagues, teachers, employers and others.

We have created an informational video about The Autism NOW Center and we hope you will use this media and marketing toolkit to share the video and spread the word about The Autism NOW Center during Autism Awareness Month in April. Here’s you’ll find cut-and-paste copy to use in your newsletters, emails, on your blog and social media channels and materials you can send to the media. Also, we encourage you to use the hashtag #AutismAware to generate discussion about autism awareness and acceptance during April and follow Autism NOW’s blog which will feature personal stories from people with autism throughout the month. Please and link to the video as well.

If you have any questions, please contact Shelly DeButts at 202-534-3710 or debutts@thearc.org.

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