6 Ways to Support Autism Awareness

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6 Ways to Support Autism Awareness

In 1965, The Autism Society was formed in an effort to bring awareness to the disorder and help educate the general public about autism. In the early 1970s, the organization began a nationwide campaign to raise awareness and declared April as National Autism Awareness Month. Nearly 50 years later, the month of April is still celebrated as a time to raise awareness for the disorder and support people affected by it. 

In the United States, autism is a very common condition. Chances are, you probably know somebody affected by autism, whether it be a friend, a family member, or someone you went to school with. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 88 children in America are on the autism spectrum. For boys, this ratio is even smaller, with one in 54 being on the spectrum. 

Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is defined as a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate and interact with other people. More than 3.5 million Americans are diagnosed with ASD, and one in 68 children is born with some kind of variation of it. Needless to say, ASD affects an extremely large amount of people in our country. 

If you’re looking to support the ASD community this April, there are a plethora of ways for you to help raise awareness. Regardless of what resources you have or how tight your schedule is, you can always find ways to support those affected by ASD, even if it’s something small. If you’re looking for some guidance, we’ve got you covered. Here are the five best ways to support autism awareness this April! 

Wear Autism Awareness Apparel

Wearing clothing and accessories that bring awareness to autism is one of the easiest ways to support the cause. Thankfully, many brands today like us here at Printed Kicks have made it a goal to spread awareness of the condition. Nowadays, you can find encouraging messages related to autism on t-shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, jewelry, wristbands; practically anything. 

One of our favorite accessories that pay homage to the ASD community is the Autism Awareness Heart UV Tumbler. Enjoy your favorite drink in this stainless steel tumbler, and spread awareness of autism at the same time. The front of the tumbler features a multicolored heart, made up of several puzzle pieces, one of the main symbols of autism popularized by The Autism Society. 

What makes this tumbler special is its vacuum sealed lid which insulates cold drinks for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for 12 hours. The tumbler contains a double-wall that prevents condensation and retains temperature levels. The tumbler comes in a variety of colors, including black, navy, grey, light purple, green, pink, and teal. It is available in 20-ounce and 30-ounce sizes, so no matter how much coffee you drink, there’s an option for you. 

Spread the Ribbon

The puzzle piece, or puzzle ribbon, is one of the most recognizable symbols of autism awareness. Simply sharing the ribbon is another easy way to show solidarity with people on the autism spectrum. In April, many brands, as well as advocacy groups, hand out free pins or stickers for autism awareness. 

The puzzle piece symbol was developed in 1999 by the Autism Society and now acts as a universal symbol for autism awareness. 

By sharing the ribbon and bringing awareness to ASD, we are keeping this hope alive. Many people who are affected by ASD or are close to someone affected wear this ribbon during April simply to spark conversations with others who may relate to their story. The ribbon is a very powerful image. It is important to continue to build its legacy. 

One product that tastefully displays the ribbon is the Autism Awareness Ribbon UV Tumbler. This tumbler showcases a beautifully designed ribbon made up of different colored puzzle pieces inside it. There are also some elegant-looking flowers surrounding the ribbon, holding it together. Without a doubt, you’ll catch some eyes with this one. The tumbler comes in black, navy, grey, light purple, green, pink, and teal. 

Wear Blue

Another important symbol to the ASG community is the color blue. The association of the color blue with autism began in 2010 when the advocacy group Autism Speaks launched its “Light It Up Blue” campaign. Every April 2nd, on Autism Awareness Day, Autism Speaks celebrates the start of its annual campaign. During this time, many landmarks, buildings, homes around the United States put up blue decorations or lights to show support for the cause. Many people during this time also wear blue clothing. 

This Autism Awareness Day and throughout the month of April, join in the campaign and wear blue to honor the millions of individuals and families affected by ASG. April is a time for people to educate each other on the condition and show love to the community. Take some time to learn more about autism and try to get others to wear blue and spread awareness as well. 

If you can’t find anything in your wardrobe that’s blue, consider checking out these awesome Autism Awareness Ribbon Premium Mesh Sneakers. The shoes feature a dazzling colorful ribbon design, with ribbons scattered all over. Each toe box of each shoe showcases a large and bright ribbon that is baby blue, navy blue, red, and yellow. 

It’s pretty rare to find footwear that brings awareness to issues like this, so these are definitely a keeper. The sneakers come in both black and white and are available in sizes 5 to 12 for women and 5 to 14 for men. 

Contact a Representative

If you’re looking to make some actionable change, contact your local and national representatives.  Simply calling, emailing, or taking a meeting with a representative can potentially help change policy surrounding autism. 

It can be very unnerving to speak to an elected official. Make sure you know exactly what you want to say and why you are there. Do you want to discuss a specific law? Do you want them to advocate for a bill? If you know someone who is affected by ASG personally, it is worthwhile to include that also. Sometimes putting a face and identity behind a story can help put things into perspective for others. 

Get Involved

One important aspect of National Autism Awareness Month is getting involved in the community. This April, perhaps you could try engaging in more conversations about ASG with the people around you. There is probably somebody in your life that could benefit from knowing certain facts about ASG and how best to show solidarity with those affected. Share some resources with them to read about the disorder and support the cause. 

You can also attend a non-profit event for autism, like fundraising walks, sensory-friendly films, donation drives, and more. These events provide a sense of camaraderie within the community and often bring awareness to resources available locally. Your level of commitment at these events can vary: you can simply show up and be a part of the festivities, or you can sign up to help organize the event, donate supplies, or even volunteer as a guest speaker. No matter what your connection is to autism, there is a way for you to help. 

Help Break the Stigma

There may be instances in your day-to-day life where you hear or see people with ASG being bullied or taken advantage of. Don’t ever let it slide. You should never allow a person on the autism spectrum to be picked on for their condition. 

Moreover, it is productive to correct others when they use offensive language. It is encouraged to start using person-first language, which places the importance of the person in a sentence over their condition or diagnosis. For instance, you should not refer to someone with ASG as “an autistic person.” Rather, you would call them “a person with autism.”

Summary

As more and more organizations and brands like Printed Kicks attempt to bring awareness to the condition, it is important for individuals to also do their part and bring light to the subject. 

April is an amazing time for those in the ASG community to come together, share their experiences, and learn from each other. It is also a time for those who are outside of this sphere to educate themselves and support their peers. This April, let’s work together to put the spotlight on the ASG community and bring these issues to the forefront of the media. 

 

Sources

What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder? | www.psychiatry.org

World Autism Month | Autism Speaks

NIMH » Autism Spectrum Disorder | www.nimh.nih.gov 


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