Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion, and self-determination for all and to assure that each person with autism spectrum disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. And this month Summit Academy Schools will be joining in the celebration of that mission as the Autism Society hosts its 2016 National Autism Awareness Month.
National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance, and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.
On the national level, festivities for Autism Awareness Month include Presidential and Congressional declarations, online events and activities, partner opportunities, and events and activities through regional affiliates.
Summit Celebrates Autism Awareness
Summit has already begun their festivities by participating in Light It Up Blue, held on April 2 as part of World Autism Awareness Day. Summit faculty donned their finest blue and lit the Summit Academy Management building in blue lights. We will also be sharing activities, educational guides, and other tips and facts about Autism awareness all month long so keep checking back!
Put on the Puzzle!
The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Adopted in 1999, the Puzzle Ribbon’s pattern reflects the complexity of the autism spectrum.
The different colors and shapes represent the diversity of the people and families living with the condition. The brightness of the ribbon signals hope — hope that through increased awareness of autism, and through early intervention and access to appropriate services/supports, people with autism will lead full lives able to interact with the world on the own terms.
Although this image is a trademark of the Autism Society, the organization has granted use to other non-profit organizations in order to demonstrate unity and advance a universal mission as opposed to any individually held interests or promotion of a single organization.
Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon – as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture – and educate folks on the potential of people with autism! To purchase the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon for your shirt, car, locker or refrigerator, click here.
Get Educated on Autism
Autism Awareness Month is a time to educate your community about autism and Light It Up Blue, while promoting inclusion and acceptance in the classroom and beyond.
The Puzzle Piece Project Tool Kit is a fun and interactive educational tool kit for grade levels K-12 designed to increase students’ understanding of autism during Autism Awareness Month. Developed by a special education teacher for teachers, the tool kit includes age-appropriate lesson plans, extended activities, materials, and relevant internet resources. Download the Tool Kit
Did You Know?
- Although the term ‘autism’ was not first used in an official diagnosis until the early 20th century, cases of autistic symptoms date back to the 16th century in writings of Martin Luther.
- Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder, yet most underfunded.
- More than 3.5 million Americans and roughly 1% of the world population lives with an autism spectrum disorder.
- Autism is reported to occur in all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.
- Prevalence of autism is now one in every 68 children in America.
- Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike).
- Autism is diagnosed four times more often in boys than girls.
- Signs of autism generally appear before the age of three.
- Currently there is no cure for autism, though with early intervention and treatment, the diverse symptoms related to autism can be greatly improved and in some cases completely overcome.
- Children with autism can learn and succeed in the classroom and beyond. Like every child, with the help of their families, providers, doctors, specialists, and communities, children with autism can thrive.
Sources include: The Autism Society, Autism Speaks, and the National Autism Association