AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH • APRIL 2020
No one will experience the April that they had envisioned just a few short weeks ago. Perhaps that was an April filled with holiday celebrations, family gatherings and autism awareness events and festivals. However, we do have this opportunity to recognize the gifts that children and adults with autism bring to our families, communities and our world.
As parents and loved ones, we are given the opportunity to experience profound pride in every accomplishment, to be taught patience we never knew we had, and if we pay attention, to encounter a constant source of inspiration. The pure honesty, integrity and acceptance that exudes from people with autism, regardless of the challenges they face, provides for us an example of the best of humanity.
As we recognize April as Autism Awareness Month, when it's necessary for us to be physically isolated from one another, the Autism Society of Florida invites you to share your messages of connectivity, kinship and unity in a Tree of Life artwork project. It is our desire to take this time to carefully recognize the roots that give us life and celebrate the fruits that grow through the challenges.
With all our wishes of health and happiness,
The Board of Directors
Autism Society of Florida
TREE OF LIFE CREATION
Submit durning the month of APRIL.
Use any medium you like.
ARTWORK to be created by a child, teen or adult with autism.
("autistic person" if you prefer)
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The Autism Society of Florida works all year around to bring attention to issues faced by people with autism and their families. National Autism Awareness Month every April represents an excellent opportunity for everyone in the United States of America to share in the responsibility of promoting autism awareness, autism acceptance and action to draw attention to the tens of thousands who will receive an autism diagnosis each year.
Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assurance that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. ASF strives to ensure acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities that results in a true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people. We envision a society where people with ASD are truly valued for their unique gifts.
April is Autism Awareness Month
and is recognized in the following ways
(cancelled in 2020)
Online events and activities
What can you do?
Become a member of the Autism Society of Florida and become our partner in empowering the lives of people on the autism spectrum. Your membership will keep you connected to the autism community through our monthly newsletter and important updates about how you can stay involved. You'll have the opportunity to engage in autism legislation and advocacy, support initiatives in a variety of areas including first responder training, drowning prevention, water safety and important civil rights issues. Most importantly, you'll share in the satisfaction of empowering the lives of people with autism.
Donate, volunteer, become a sponsor or a community partner. When you support the Autism Society of Florida you help us reach far beyond the families we serve. Your contribution helps us build a society of greater compassion and one that opens up more opportunities for individuals with autism. Your tax-deductible donation will immediately benefit your community,
right here and right now.
Autism prevalence is now one in every 54 children in America. EDUCATE your friends and neighbors about the potential of people with autism! CONNECT with your neighborhood. Many community organizations hold special events throughout the month of April. But if you can’t find an event that suits you just right, create your own!
Activate your community and educate them on
the need for awareness, acceptance and action to empower the
lives of people with autism and the families who love them.