Autism Awareness Month, April 1, 2019

The Autism Society is marking the start of "Autism Awareness Month" by highlighting their efforts with the launch of their its We See Things Differently campaign.
The We See Things Differently campaign is a digital awareness campaign whose slogan explains its mission: "Celebrating Differences." This campaign is targeted at re-educating the public about what the Autism Society does to help individuals and families who are living with autism.
The Autism Society and its more than 80 affiliates lead the campaign; the goal of the campaign is threefold:

  • To EDUCATE the public about the Autism Society and the services it provides to assist families and individuals living with autism;
  • To IGNITE a sense of urgency about the 7 in 10 adults with autism who are either unemployed or underemployed; and
  • To INSPIRE individuals, families, communities, employers to be more all—inclusive and health care providers, and educators to get involved and support the Autism Society and its our efforts to celebrate our differences.

With autism rates currently on the rise in children and adults in the United States living with autism, and many more who will be diagnosed, simple awareness will no longer suffice. According to the CDC, 1 out of every 59 children born today will face a future with autism spectrum disorder if current trends continue. Autism affects all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.

Find Information: The Autism Society reaches thousands of families each day with trusted information and caring referral services through, Autism Source™ – a comprehensive resource database and National Contact Center Help Line. Autism Source™ information and referral specialists are available seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., to help families affected by autism spectrum disorder navigate life on the spectrum. To connect with knowledgeable and caring information and referral specialists, please visit www.autismsource.org or call 1-800-3-AUTISM.

Get involved: Discover local events. Nationwide, over 80+ Autism Society chapters hold a number of special events in their communities throughout April. For more information about any of these activities, please visit www.autism-society.org/about-the-autism-society/affiliate-network/ .

About National Autism Awareness Month: Established in the 1970s to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism, April is a special opportunity for everyone to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. With 1 in 59 American children now being diagnosed, the need for services and supports is greater than ever, and this year the Autism Society hopes to raise awareness of the many issues faced by families affected by autism. Learn more at www.autism-society.org/differences.

"It's important for individuals and families to know that they do have a place where they can go to get access to support, resources, and education to help them manage the complexities of  autism", says Scott Badesch, President and CEO of the Autism Society. "Our goal with the campaign is to shed light on the many wonderful ways that individuals can help to support and celebrate those that are living with autism. More importantly, highlight our National Help Line available 5 days a week when you are in need of autism-related support."

The Autism Society is encouraging individuals, families, community leaders and companies to review and make use of a number of helpful educational materials the national We See Things Differently Campaign offers, including posters, brochures, quick-reference guide for our National Help Line "pocket cards," a new video detailing opportunities to engage with the Autism Society, and free local education resources available to the public. To access these materials and to learn more about the Campaign here and nationally, follow this link: www.autism-society.org/differences. To schedule interviews or additional questions, please contact Cheretta A. Clerkley, Chief Marketing Officer at 301.657.0881 ext.9005 or cclerkley@autism-society.org.

About the Autism Society: The nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, the Autism Society is a national source of information, advocacy and support that reaches local autism communities offering a one-of-a-kind nationwide network of autism knowledge and support. An organization with 50 years of heritage and heart, the Autism Society is dedicated to providing a trustworthy, respectful and caring network of people that truly impacts the lives of individuals on the spectrum. For more information, visit www.autism-society.org

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