April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day, a day recognized internationally to help raise public awareness of autism and to also highlight April as World Autism Month.
Autism begins during childhood and tends to persist into adolescence and adulthood. It refers to a range of conditions that are characterized by some degree of impaired social behavior, communication and language, and a narrow range of interests and activities that are unique to the individual and are carried out repetitively.
Usually, the month of April is filled with events, festivals and community gatherings to celebrate individuals with autism and to raise awareness. But with COVID-19 continuing to impact our daily lives, Autism Awareness Day looks different.
Ways to Support Autism Awareness Month While Social Distancing
If you want to get involved and show your support, here are a few ways you can participate in the cause.
Light Up Blue
On April 2, it is customary to wear something blue and share a photo on your social media with #LightItUpBlue to show your support for the autism community. This initiative started in 2010 and since then, it has been joined by hundreds of thousands around the world.
Share Information Online
One of the main goals of Autism Awareness Day is to educated people about what autism is and isn’t. Luckily, you can still advocate for autism awareness from the comfort of your home. When you post your #LightItUpBlue photo, include some information about autism in the caption. You can also share some resources with your friends, family and followers on social media.
Now that spring is here and the temperatures have warmed up, get outside and get moving. Spend time in the backyard, take a family walk at the park or find a quiet, outdoor spot. Just make sure you are wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.
Give from the Heart
Your support matters more than you know. Any contribution helps provide vital resources and therapeutic to individuals with autism, giving them opportunities, hope and a vision for their future. Making a donation to the American Autism Association can change the lives of people in need.