A Look At Autism for Autism Acceptance Month
April 26, 2023 | In: Autism Resources , Events
April is Autism Awareness Month (or as we like to call it, Autism Acceptance Month). This is a time where we focus on increasing awareness, acceptance, and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is a developmental condition that affects communication, social interaction, and behavior. According to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, the prevalence of Autism has increased to 1 in 36 children in the United States, up from 1 in 44 in 2018.
While the increase in prevalence is partly due to improved diagnosis and awareness of ASD, there are also many factors that contribute to the rising numbers, such as genetics, environmental factors, and changes in diagnostic criteria. There is still a lack of understanding and acceptance of autism in society, which as many familiar with WRTS know, is one of the main drivers that makes the We Rock the Spectrum franchise exist. As we approach the end of Autism Acceptance Month, let’s take a closer look into what autism is and what lies ahead for those living with it.
What is Autism?
As a refresher, autism is a spectrum condition, which means that it affects individuals differently and to varying levels. Some individuals with ASD may have difficulties with social interaction, communication, and sensory processing, while others may have exceptional abilities in certain areas, such as math, science, and art. It is important to recognize and celebrate the strengths and abilities of individuals with ASD, rather than focusing solely on their challenges.
As we touched on earlier, even though we have come a long way from what autism was in the 1950’s and 1960’s, individuals with autism and their families still face many challenges to this day. These can include difficulties accessing services and support, navigating school systems, and dealing with stigma and discrimination for being “different”. It is essential that we continue to work towards creating a more inclusive and accepting community for individuals not just with autism, but special needs, in order to live a more positive life.
What Can I Be Doing for Autism Acceptance Month?
Just because we are nearing the end of April doesn’t mean you have to stop being an advocate for autism! Any day throughout the year is the perfect time to raise awareness and promote acceptance of individuals living with ASD. It is a time to celebrate the unique talents and abilities of individuals with ASD and to support them in achieving their full potential. There are many ways to get involved in Autism Acceptance Month that you can do beyond the month of April. Here are just a few ideas:
1. Educate yourself about autism: There are many resources available online that can help you learn more about autism, its symptoms, and even terms. By understanding more about autism, you can be a better ally and advocate for individuals with autism.
2. Support autism organizations: There are many organizations that provide support and resources to individuals with autism and their families. Consider making a donation or volunteering your time to support these organizations.
3. Advocate for inclusive policies: Individuals with autism and their families often face challenges accessing services and support. By advocating for inclusive policies and practices, you can help create a more inclusive and supportive society for individuals with autism.
4. Be a supportive friend or neighbor: If you know someone with autism or a family affected by ASD, be a supportive friend or neighbor. Offer to help out when needed, be a listening ear, and provide a supportive and inclusive environment.
Celebrate Inclusion for ALL with WRTS
Possibly the best and most fun way to get more involved with the autism community and further educate yourself is by attending We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym’s annual Rockin’ Resource Fair!
We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym is excited to announce its 6th annual Rockin’ Resource Fair, taking place on Saturday, July 22, 2023, from 9am – 1pm at the Woodley Park in Van Nuys, California. This event is a day celebrating inclusion for all with over 50 vendors, music, food, entertainment, and many more surprises.
The Rockin’ Resource Fair is an opportunity for families to connect with special needs resources and services in their community. Vendors and organizations from across Los Angeles and its surrounding areas will be in attendance to provide insightful resources and support for individuals with autism and/or special needs, such as therapy services, educational programs, specialized equipment, and much more. Plus, families will be able to connect with other families in the community and share their experiences and resources.
The Rockin’ Resource Fair will also be returning with music, live entertainment, and tons of food options to celebrate and promote inclusion for the autism and special needs communities. This FREE event is open to families and individuals of all abilities, and We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym welcomes everyone to come and join us this summer for this celebration of inclusivity.