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Autism … offers a chance for us to glimpse an awe-filled vision of the world that might otherwise pass us by,”

Dr. Colin Zimbleman, Ph.D.

This is not a condition that we can run from nor are there cures right around the corner, but we can learn through the eyes of those who deal with it every day. Many amazing people have grown up facing the prejudice of the world because they were different, but didn’t let it dampen nor demean who they were. Autism Acceptance Month helps us learn that while they face certain challenges, those who face the world are people just like you and me.

History of Autism Acceptance Month

The Society for Autism founded in 1965 by Dr. Rimland, to promote research and help as well as guidance for those who lived with this condition, and to support those living with the people who face the world with autism gain a better understanding of what was going on with their loved ones. The Society for Autism went to bat for people with autism by helping to establish legislation in Section 504 of the disabilities act to recognize and protect them.

Their campaigns started in the early 1970’s and are still going today; Autism Acceptance Month was established to promote a better understanding between those with autism and be a part of the world they live in, not stand outside looking in. The face of autism isn’t set in stone, and there are multiple ways it can manifest. Every person who lives their life with this condition faces different challenges depending on where they lay on the autism spectrum, and which facets of the condition they experience most.

How to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month

Going out to a seminar or conference to gain a better understanding of how to recognize and support those with autism is a great way to start, as well as participating in a sponsored walk, run, or marathon to help support autism research. Buying an Autism Awareness Ribbon—a ribbon with a multicolored jigsaw pattern that represents the complexity of the autism spectrum—can also help fund research into this condition, and help the world understand the lives of those that live with it.

If you know someone with autism, or are on the autism spectrum yourself, there’s a month set aside to help the world better understand you, and for you to celebrate your successes living life with autism.

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