Autism Acceptance Month
We are pleased to announce that Washington Governor Jay Inslee has proclaimed the month of April in Washington as Autism Acceptance Month. Read the full Proclamation: Autism Acceptance Month.
Most are aware that the month of April is identified as Autism Awareness Month. Additionally, April 2nd is celebrated as International Autism Day. There are countless gatherings, walks, public presentations and the like throughout the month. The Autism Society of Washington would like to reinforce the message that we need to “Go Beyond Awareness” into acceptance.
Accept them into your circles of friendships, accept them into clubs and special interest groups, truly accept them and acknowledge them for the skills and talents they have to offer. We urge you all to welcome individuals with an autism spectrum disorder into all facets of your communities.
And we urge you to do this year-round not just in the month of April.
Please let April’s activities be the annual reminder that your awareness, acceptance and kindness have an enduring impact in the lives of individuals with autism and also with the families struggling to support them. Be kind and understanding of the effort it takes to raise a child whose disability is not so much physically apparent but rather is expressed through behavior or communication challenges. Be quick to empathize with rather than to judge.
Autism Spectrum Disorders affect 1 in 88 children. Families, caregivers, advocates and organizations strive to bring about positive changes while increasing community awareness. There is no known cure but with early support and intervention, individuals affected can live fulfilling lives as active members of their communities.
April is Autism Awareness Month. Please join us in making April also Autism Acceptance Month.
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SUPPORT GROUPS AND MORE
Seven Cedars Casino
Saturday, April 6, 2013
5:00 pm – 1:00 am
This party is for 21 and over. Come enjoy Sequim during the Peninsula Bird Fest that same weekend!
Thank you to all our Employee Giving Programs! You are our financial rock!
- Adventist Medical Center
- Employees Community Fund of Boeing
- Fidelity Charitable
- Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
- Regence Employee Giving Program
- United Way
- Washington Combined Fund Drive
Your help is needed to strengthen our mission in these challenging economic times. You can support us in a number of ways:
- Sponsor an event
- Make a donation on-line now
- WA Combined Fund Drive (Charity #0315604)
- Donate through your local United Way
- Corporate employee giving programs
- Leave a lasting legacy through your estate
Please consider becoming a member and volunteering with ASW or with one of our local Affiliates.
We need volunteers!
The Autism Society of Washington (ASW) is recruiting for volunteers and board membership. We have several flexible opportunities for involvement. If you have the time and energy, we welcome your interest. Learn more here.
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