April is Autism Acceptance Month! As special education teacher it is our duty to spread acceptance and celebrate Autism each and every month. Over the years we have moved from Autism Awareness to Autism Acceptance. We want to not only spread acceptance but celebrate Autism! The biggest way we can do this is by listening to Autistic adults and amplifying their voices.
Here are some resources and tips to celebrate:
- Read this blog post from our very own SSE Blogger, Stephanie, as she shares her perspective as an Autistic teacher.
- Host an Autism Acceptance Library for your school.
- Share the Inclusion Book Companion set with your class.
- Follow the #actuallyautistic hashtag on IG and TikTok.
- Listen and Amplify Autistic voices.
- Wear #RedInstead
Join me in amplifying Autistic voices this month!
Here is a list of some impactful Autistic Adults on social media. If you have any Autistic adult accounts or businesses that you would like to share please comment below so I can also follow them and share them on social media.
Clickable links to each profile:
How can I amplify voices?
The best way to learn about Autism is to listen to Autistic voices. When learning about Autism, listen to those who HAVE Autism about their experiences. Share their posts on social media, follow them, and continue learning all year long.
How can I celebrate Autism Acceptance Month at school?
Wear Red instead of blue. #RedInstead is a movement to support Autistic individuals, not Autism Speaks. The #ActuallyAutistic hashtag community set up the #RedInstead movement to help bring acceptance and support to autistic individuals and raise awareness against Autism Speaks and the puzzle piece.
- “My Brother Charlie” Book Companion
- Autism Acceptance Library Labels
- Autism Acceptance Thank You Cards
How do you plan on celebrating Autism and spreading acceptance this month at your school? Leave your ideas in the comments.