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April is Autism Awareness Month

Apr 1 2021 11:45 AM

April is recognised across Australia as Autism Month, with April 2 celebrated as World Autism Awareness Day. 

The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared that April 2nd would become World Autism Awareness Day (A/RES/62/139) in order to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society. 

This year’s theme, set by the UN and building on from last years, is Inclusion in the WorkplaceChallenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World. 

Through the month of April, we will be sharing personal stories from the community highlighting the strengths, goals and passions of the storyteller and learning what inclusion in a post pandemic world means to them. We will also draw on the knowledge of others, such as Dr Stephen Shore, and share their words of wisdom and their stories, and also highlight the wonderful growing community of businesses across South Australia (and Australia) that have committed to becoming an autism aware business by joining our Autism Friendly Charter.  

There are a number of whys you can get involved in helping us to share these messages: 

  • Sharing your story with us here – what it means to be inclusive, and highlight best practice situations that you have experienced, or wished you’d experienced 

  • Have an event at your workplace or school where you talk about what inclusion means – or invite a professional to come and work with you on this – sharing their knowledge with the entire group 

  • Join our Autism Friendly Charter and commit to making your business an Autism Friendly one – and then sharing with your networks so that they join us too 

  • Sharing the stories we share on our pages, and helping us to encourage a wider conversation across all social platforms, spilling over into conversations 

  • Add a profile frame to Facebook – so that all your friends and family online know that you are committed to an inclusive society – and that you’d like them to join in this vision also. You can search for Autism SA's frame! 

Resources

Printable Autism Month Poster for workplaces 

Downloadable picture frame (lay this over your own photo and share on your social media pages)

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