April is Autism Acceptance Month!

Autism Acceptance Month is an important time for our community to come together and promote understanding, acceptance, and inclusion for individuals on the autism spectrum. It is another opportunity to challenge stereotypes, raise awareness about the diverse experiences of autistic people, and advocate for their needs. It’s not just about acknowledging differences but celebrating them, recognizing the unique strengths and talents that neurodiverse individuals bring to our communities and schools. Through education and fostering a culture of acceptance, Autism Acceptance Month contributes to the creation of a more inclusive society where everyone, regardless of neurodiversity, can thrive and contribute meaningfully. It’s a reminder that acceptance is not merely passive tolerance but an active embrace of diversity in all of its forms.

According to the data collected from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 36 children were identified with Autism in 2020. In recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, please take the time to learn more about the latest findings, early identification and resources to help with supporting youth autism education.

Early Identification  Autism Screening: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/screening.html

Milestones in Action: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/milestones/milestones-in-action.html

California Autism Professional Training and Information Network (CAPTAIN)  https://www.captain.ca.gov/
Resources for raising student awareness Comic Strip Explanation

Video for Elementary, Secondary Grades

Video for Secondary Grades, Adults 

Autism Data Visualization Tool https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data/index.html
Inclusive Community Events  https://www.autismfamilynetworksantacruz.org/events


Books  23 Books for Students