April is Autism Acceptance Month
A prime opportunity to recognize, appreciate and empower everyone in the autism community.
April is a special time of year for more reasons than one, but for those of us at RMHS and many others around the nation, we proudly take the 30 days in April to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month.
What was once commonly known as Autism Awareness Month is now more aptly being referred to as Autism Acceptance Month. Why? Because the word "awareness" alludes to recognizing that autism exists, whereas "acceptance" means that we embrace people with autism as part of our community.
Autism Acceptance Month is a prime opportunity for us to recognize any preconceived notions that we may hold about autism and then open ourselves up to deeply understanding the reality of autism. We can do that by listening to and learning from those within the autism community.
Ultimately, Autism Awareness is just not enough. We all have a responsibility to LEVEL UP, and wherever you are in your journey to Autism Acceptance, whether it be Awareness, Acceptance, Appreciation, Empowerment, or Advocacy, you can take the next step with the help of this guide.
By understanding and appreciating the differences, strengths, and challenges that those with autism experience, we will start to acquire the tools necessary to be true advocates for the community and provide those within it with strategies that will allow them to live happily in this world just as they are.
In the spirit of celebrating Autism Acceptance month, we’d like to spotlight two outstanding and highly innovative individuals in the autism community: Scott Klumb: Scott Klumb, a filmmaker in Boulder, spent the first half of his life feeling different than his peers. His efforts were consumed with trying to fit in and consistently wondering what was “wrong” with him. It wasn’t until Scott turned 23 that he was officially diagnosed with autism. To help bring awareness to the issues related to receiving a late-stage autism diagnosis, Scott filmed, edited and produced a documentary and memoir about his journey titled, Autism: One Man’s Journey. This award-wining film has been shown at film festivals across the world, and it is available for public viewing on Vimeo. Watch Scott’s documentary here.
Sean Daley: Sean Daley, a 15-year old Denverite who was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three, found himself in uncharted territory when the pandemic hit. Like so many of us, he and his family stayed at home feeling a little unsettled about what the future had in store. To help alleviate some of that anxiety and create some structure to the passing hours at home, Sean’s mother, Jo Daley, decided to take Sean’s love of sugar, painting and stickers to create...sugar scrubs! At first, Sean sent his sugar scrubs to close friends and family, but soon enough, Seanie Sugar Scrubs was born, and their business is thriving. Read more about Seanie Sugar Scrubs.
As Autism Acceptance Month comes to a close, we hope you’ll join us in recognizing, celebrating and appreciating neurodiversity and everyone in the autism community!
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