April is Autism Acceptance Month!

This April, the Autism Society of America is proud to continue its third annual #Celebrate Differences campaign in honor of Autism Acceptance Month. The Autism Society celebrates differences as we work to build an inclusive society where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance. This impacts individuals and their families as they seek support, resources and services to live full and productive lives.

Why Acceptance?
As many individuals and families affected by autism know, acceptance is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system. The Autism Society understands the importance of fostering acceptance to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in inclusive education, competitive employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services and supports for those affected by autism. This year, we acknowledge the shift from “Awareness” to “Acceptance” and advocate for lawmakers to federally designate April as Autism Acceptance Month. While we will always work to spread awareness, the need for acceptance is greater than ever and we continue to strive for autistic individuals to live fully in all areas of life.

#IAmMe Social Media Challenge:
Please consider participating! #IAmMe seeks to empower autistic individuals by highlighting strengths as we celebrate differences. The hashtag challenge asks our audience to share photos of themselves doing a favorite activity, to showcase pride and promote acceptance. 

Central New York Chapter of the Autism Society

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 (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 80 affiliates of the Autism Society of America 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.


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