We invite you to join us to celebrate 2019 National Autism Awareness Month.  We hope you will learn about autism and how you can share, act and give to support our local autism community.

National Autism Awareness Month was originally launched in the 1970s by the Autism Society of America (ASA) to promote awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and to ensure the highest quality of life for individuals with autism. April represents an excellent opportunity to educate about autism and issues within the autism community and encourage awareness, understanding, and acceptance.

Ways You Can Spread Awareness Throughout April:

SHARE

Write an article about autism or a personal story about how autism has impacted you. Share it with us ([email protected]) and with others in your community.

Contact your local representatives to educate them about autism and advocate for funding to support high quality services and programming for individuals with autism. Click here to find the contact information for your legislators.

Create an opportunity for your family, your colleagues, and other members of your community to share information about autism.

    • Decorate autism ribbons or puzzle pieces
    • Complete writing prompts about autism
    • Write a poem or song
    • Research a famous person with autism and learn about their contributions to society

Make autism puzzle piece cookies or cupcakes to share with a local school or place of business. You can include information about autism or the ASCV contact information ([email protected]) as a resource.

Add the ASCV NAAM Profile Frame to your Facebook profile picture.

Share what your family, school, business, or organization is doing and include our #NAAM2019.

ACT

Wear and/or display the autism ribbon this April. If you don’t have a ribbon and would like to purchase the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon for your shirt, car, refrigerator, or locker, email us at [email protected].

Click here for information about the autism ribbon.

Form a team for the ASCV 5K and Family Fun Day on May 18th and host an April fundraiser together. Visit www.ASCV5K.org to register.

Donate a book about autism to your local or school library.

Attend ASCV programming for social, recreational, educational and support opportunities. Click here to see the ASCV Program Calendar.

Become a member of the ASCV. Click here to learn more about joining.

Learn

Join us for “Calling All Minds: An Evening with Dr. Temple Grandin” on Friday, April 26th. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Share facts about autism with your community.

  • Click here for an autism fact sheet for elementary students.
  • Click here for an autism fact sheet for middle and high school students.

Display a bulletin board or decorate your home, office or school to raise awareness for autism.

Read books about autism. Here are a few suggestions:

Host a movie screening and encourage a classroom discussion about autism. A few ideas:

Attend a town hall meeting in your community. Click here to find one near you.

Sign up for the ASCV Newsletter.

give

Volunteer with us or another organization that serves our local autism community.

Join the ASCV School Fundraising Challenge. Click here for more information. If you’d like to download our Acceptance Makes Cents materials for your classroom, click here.

Partner with a restaurant or retailer to host a “round-up campaign” at their register or select a signature menu or merchandise item, donating proceeds to the ASCV.

Ask your school or place of business to offer “dress down days” where staff can wear jeans to raise donations for the ASCV.

Support the ASCV through Amazon Smile: If you shop on Amazon, try out Amazon Smile.  Simply by registering and choosing the Autism Society Central Virginia as your charity, a portion of the cost of what you purchase will be donated to the ASCV.  

Simple and easy! Support us through Amazon Smile today.

For more specific information about the ideas included above,  email us at [email protected].