Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month is upon us! In years past, we’ve asked Teacher-Authors to share how they celebrate Autism Awareness Month in their schools. This year, we’ve asked a new batch of Teacher-Authors about how they honor Autism Acceptance Month in their local communities. Read their stories and get inspired by ways you can build communities supportive of children with autism in your own town!
“Our community has autism walks and fundraisers. Everyone wears blue and the local landmarks turn blue with lighting for the day.”- SmartmouthSLP
“We don’t really celebrate Autism Awareness Month in my classroom, but we discuss what autism actually is. This way we grow empathy, we celebrate diversity, and we nurture kindness.” – CrazyCharizma
“Every other year, I host a Disability Awareness Day event at my school for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. I have six centers that students complete activities at that simulate what it might feel like to have that disability. My centers include vision impairment, hearing, impairment, physical impairment, autism/communication impairment, intellectual disability, and dyslexia/learning disability. It’s a really big eye opener for these general education students and transforms how they view their “special” classmates. The students enjoy it and are talking about it for days! Seeing the difference in the way they treat my students afterwards makes my heart so full! This year SAMS is donating yellow/blue cupcakes for the participants! We have also made yellow/blue ribbons for all of the students to wear too!” –Traci Bender, The Bender Bunch
“My previous school used to have a small parade in our neighborhood. Each class would make signs and we would walk around the block.”- The Autism Vault
“We wear blue scarfs and share information with people that know very little about autism. I post on social media and talk with friends. My son with autism gets a treat and we celebrate with family.” – Angie S
“We visit our local children’s museum where they have a “Play Our Way” playdate for students on the autism spectrum!”- Autism Educational Resources
Here’s a post I wrote that includes various ways you can spread autism awareness in your community.” – Autism Classroom News-Christine Reeve
“We participate in fundraising walks for autism.” – Autism Educators
“The Autism Project will host its 15th annual Imagine Walk and Family Fun Day for Autism on Sunday, April 30, 2017. The Imagine Walk is followed by a Family Fun Day event that features an assortment of free activities designed for children and teens with autism and their families including: a reptile show, obstacle course, bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts, and more… And NEW this year, we will have a sensory tent!” – Rakovic Speech & Language Chat
“I host a mini awareness library in my classroom. I have a variety of disability awareness picture books that I keep in a basket with a sign out sheet. Teachers can sign out a book to spread love and awareness in their classroom community!
I also use my free autism awareness thank you cards. We fill them out for people we love around the school, sign our names, and deliver them with bags of blue snack mix we make during cooking class. We love sharing the love and spreading awareness to all!” – Simply Special Ed
Check out this post for more inspiration from a prior year on how to promote autism awareness in your school.