World Autism Awareness Month Kickoff: How to Remain Involved
March 30, 2021
How You Can Continue to Support the Autism Community from Home
People all over the world have gone through a tough time over the past year due to the coronavirus, but the autism community still needs us more than ever. With World Autism Month and World Autism Awareness Day in April, larger events may be on hold until next year, but there are ways to celebrate these amazing individuals and show your support for them.
In an effort to spread awareness around autism spectrum disorder (ASD) while also bringing some cheer and strength into your home, we at Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers came up with a few ideas on how to remain involved this month.
Whether you are a family member of someone on the spectrum, or a concerned friend of the community hoping to commit yourself to the cause, here are some ways you can contribute from home and in your community.
5 Ways to Get Involved in Autism Awareness Month from Home
Wear your support. From t-shirts embellished with phrases like “What’s your superpower?” and “Be Kind! It’s Au-some,” to hats and water bottles adorned with puzzle pieces, Hopebridge plans to have you covered…literally! The Hopebridge Family Store has fun and fashionable pieces to outfit its kiddos, siblings and parents to support our shared cause. To spread autism awareness from home, take photos of your family sporting the gear and post it to social media using hashtags like, #AutismAwareness, #AutismFamily and #Hopebridge as a way to continue to celebrate with each other from afar.
Gather virtually. Even if getting together in person is not in the cards this year, we can still stand for the cause together virtually. Follow Hopebridge360 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok during the month of April to connect with others supporting autism awareness. If you want to wear your Hopebridge heart on your sleeve – better known as your support on your profile pic – check out this special badge we created to show off our World Autism Month celebrations. Plus, look out for autism awareness-themed video story times, singalongs and virtual dance parties as some of the ways your family can remain engaged online. Several organizations are also hosting virtual walks during April, so consider putting on some of your new Hopebridge shirts and going for a walk around the neighborhood to spread awareness. Don’t yet see the event you’re hoping for? Create your own online Autism Awareness Month celebration to get your friends and family “moving” in the name of ASD!
Show off your spirit through your home. Want to spread the word through your neighborhood while maintaining your distance? Join Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign by decorating your house with twinkling blue lights…bonus: it will also add some extra cheer for your neighbors! Our Hopebridge Family Store also offers a range of yard signs and license plates to share your support from the front lawn.
For an easy, and free, activity for your own kiddos, have them show their support with this Crafts for Kids coloring page. This Autism Awareness Month, anyone can make the world a little more colorful while dreaming big. A perfect addition to any fridge! Download Printable PDF
Pledge to volunteer your help. One of the best ways you can show a loved one with autism you care is to volunteer your time. There is no one right way to volunteer. What this looks like depends on the time and resources you have available, as well as the needs of those you want to support. This could mean offering to drop off some groceries to an autism parent who might have difficulties leaving the house or mailing a “voucher” for a free hour of babysitting to a family who could benefit from a little respite. If you are looking to go bigger, contact your local autism organizations to find out what help they may need at this time or in the future.
Become an autism advocate. Are you the superfan of someone with autism? Now’s your chance to serve as an advocate. Like volunteering, there are a number of ways you can get involved. Advocating can be as simple as taking a pledge; for example, check out Autism Society’s #CelebrateDifferences campaign or Autism Speaks’ #LeadWithKindness campaign. You can also reach out directly to your state representatives to share your support for specific legislation as it relates to the autism community. Many organizations have programs in place to walk people through the available opportunities, such as Autism Speaks’ Advocacy Ambassador Program, which is made up of grassroots volunteers who share their personal experiences and serve as the main point of contact for their respective legislators.
We hope setting aside at least a few minutes to share the love for those around us will inspire you and those around you, while putting a spotlight on the importance of acceptance, awareness and support for the autism community.
For more information on Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers’ involvement in the autism community, please contact us to learn about our centers and programs across the nation.
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