Friday, April 2nd, 2021 marks the fourteenth annual World Autism Awareness Day. The United Nation General Assembly established this day to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. In conjunction with this important day, April has been declared National Autism Awareness Month in the United States.
How to Get Involved in World Autism Awareness Month 2021
Acceptance of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is integral in improving the lives of those affected by it as well as their loved ones. It requires the necessary transition from awareness to acceptance of neurodiverse individuals to promote inclusion, that leads to an improved quality of life. of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is integral in improving the lives of those affected by it as well as their loved ones. Supporting the ASD community in any capacity is the first step in making the world a more accepting, tolerant, and knowledgeable place for all.
To celebrate a supportive world for neurodiverse individuals, there are virtual events taking place nationwide. Below is a collection of free virtual events to consider joining in April:
- April 1 @ 8:00 am - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
- April 1 @ 3:00 pm - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
- April 2 @ 8:00 am - April 24 @ 5:00 pm
- April 13 @ 5:00 pm - June 15 @ 6:00 pm
- April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- April 17 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
- April 17 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
- April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
- April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
- April 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- April 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
- April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- April 25 - June 17
- April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- April 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Autism Spectrum Disorder Facts
- ASD affects an estimated 1 in every 54 children in the United States today, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
- It affects all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, with boys being four times more likely to be diagnosed than girls.
- An early diagnosis can be beneficial and effective in improving learning, skills, and development.
- An estimated 31% of children with ASD also have an intellectual disability.