April is National Autism Awareness Month! Established by the Autism Society of America, Autism Awareness Month is a nationwide effort celebrating autism and the awareness, acceptance, inclusion, and appreciation of those with ASD. This movement represents the opportunity to embrace new perspectives and value the unique talents and gifts of everyone. Communities, both large and small, celebrate throughout the month with local and online events and activities. PBS is aiding in this effort of inclusion and appreciation by providing content surrounding the importance of autism awareness.
PBS offers many online resources to support staying actively informed about all that is Autism. From the PBS Teachers’ Lounge, PBS in the Classroom, Spectrum: A Story of the Mind is a powerful blog entry that explores the sensory perception through the lens of individuals on the autism spectrum. PBS Parents continues to provide content year round encouraging the development of new educational approaches for children with Autism through links like Inclusive communities and Expert Tips and Advice.
You can find more helpful content at Sesame Street in Communities, another online resource that families can use to help manage common challenges, simplify everyday activities, and grow connections and support from family, friends, and community. Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children includes videos for both parents and kids, interactives, storybooks and more to discuss all things Sesame Street and Autism.
You can continue to support and find out more about autism awareness and National Autism Awareness Month on the Autism Society website.