The Autism Society Invites You to #CelebrateDifferences during April's Autism Acceptance Month
This April, the Autism Society works to "Celebrate Differences" in honor of the month. Everyday, we work to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community to live fully.
Syracuse, NY - This April, the Central New York Chapter of the Autism Society invites its partners, supporters, and world-wide community to be the connection this Autism Acceptance Month. Autism Acceptance Month kicks off on April 1, and the Autism Society is recognizing the multitude of experiences within the Autism community to highlight the critical need for acceptance, inclusion and connections to support people with Autism across the lifespan.
Autism diagnoses are growing, both for children and adults. Last December. the CDC announced that one in 44 children are diagnosed with Autism. Over 7 million people in the United States are on the Autism spectrum. Furthermore, Autism affects people from all racial, ethnic, and socio-economic standings.
The increased Autism prevalence rate stresses the urgent need for equitable access to diagnostic evaluations, and early interventions that have a significant impact on lifelong outcomes. Read their stories on social media through the #CelebrateDifferences hashtag. No family or individual's story is the same as any other, and the Autism Society believes the world should recognize the infinite ways the Autism community experiences life. Recognizing how connected we all are in our differences, strengths and challenges can be what unites us.
"Autism Acceptance Month is an opportunity to advocate and practice acceptance for the Autism community through inclusion, support and connection," said Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. No matter who you are, where you live, or your abilities, you should be able to have the connection to supports, services, community and resources needed to live fully."
The Autism Society aims to serve the entire Autism community and their loved ones with connections to the support they need, when they need it. From Autistic individuals who require 24/7 lifetime supports service with their caregivers, to Autistic self-advocates living fully independent lives, no single experience is the same as another. Acceptance and inclusion are critical to ensuring everyone in the Autism community can access what they need to live to their fullest extent possible. This is vital to improving opportunities in inclusive education, employment, housing, health care, and long-term services and supports for individuals with Autism, no matter where they are in life's journey.
The Autism Society's mission is to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources to live fully. As the nation's oldest leading grassroots Autism organization, the Autism Society and its 70+ local affiliates serve over half a million members of the Autism community each year. It envisions a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it - including education, advocacy efforts, and supports and services throughout the lifespan.
The Autism Society works everyday to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by Autism, providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of Autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life. Our local affiliate, Autism Society Central New York (CNY ASA), is committed to assisting families affected by Autism, reaching out to the community to promote awareness, disseminate information and provide educational and recreational programming.
CNY ASA is one of approximately 75 affiliates of the Autism Society located throughout the United States. We serve our local community and comprise our own separate entity.
We continue to be about creating opportunity and options for all on the spectrum and our mission is to create a place where each person with Autism is valued, respected and provided the opportunity to maximize their quality of life each and every day.
The Autism Society Launches New Brand:
The Autism Society has updated its brand to fully reflect the experiences, needs, and diversity of the Autism community, including Autistic individuals, their families, friends, caregivers, and professionals in Autism-related fields. Those living on the Autism spectrum have for far too long been categorized, labeled, and placed in diagnostic boxes. Life experiences are far more complex. The Autism Society embraces and celebrates the infinite ways in which people live their lives.
As the nation's oldest and largest grassroots Autism organization, the new brand is a reflection of our foundation through grassroots input and ongoing engagement. Over the course of a year, 150 individuals in the Autism community participated in the brand development, through interviews, focus groups, and participation on advisory councils, whose members include people on the Autism spectrum.
The Autism Society’s new brand will support the organization, including the 75 affiliates across the country, as it aims to deliver its mission to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. Whether an individual with Autism advocates with the organization or a parent of a newly diagnosed child comes seeking information – the brand is designed to support a person’s emotional, practical, and intellectual needs to build and foster connections. “No matter how you engage with the Autism Society, we want you to feel welcome, included and connected to the resources, support and community you are looking for,” said Autism Society of America’s President and CEO, Christopher Banks. “That’s why I am so deeply inspired by our new tagline - The Connection is You™. This is a call to action for every one of us in the Autism community to create connections intentionally. When you come to the Autism Society looking for information, you are the connection. When you create a local support group for fathers of Autistic children, you are the connection. When you are an Autistic self-advocate showing up to share your story for policy changes, you are the connection.”
The Autism Society - Central New York's mission is to create connections, empowering everyone in the Autism community with the resources needed to live fully. The Autism Society and its 75 local affiliates serve over half a million members of the Autism community each year. It envisions a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it - including education, advocacy efforts, and supports and services throughout the lifespan.
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