In an effort to spread awareness and education around autism while also pumping some cheer into your neighborhoods, we at Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers came up with a few ideas on how to get 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.
6 Ways to Get Involved in A4 Month
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 autism elements, 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.
Participate in local autism events. Many organizations host autism walks and races during April, so consider putting on some of your new Hopebridge shirts and joining in the fun! Or, if staying closer to home is better for you and your family, take a walk around the neighborhood to spread awareness. Don’t yet see the event you’re hoping for? Create your own online A4 Month celebration to get your friends and family “moving” in the name of ASD!
Spread the news digitally. In addition to gathering and showing off your autism pride in person, follow Hopebridge360 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok during the month of April to connect with others supporting autism awareness and acceptance. Snap photos of your family sporting your Hopebridge gear and post it to social media using hashtags like, #AutismAwareness, #AutismFamily and #Hopebridge as a way to continue to celebrate with each other across the country.
Show off your spirit through your home. Want to spread the word throughout your neighborhood? Join Autism Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign by decorating your house with twinkling blue lights … bonus: it may also add some extra cheer for your kiddos and 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, Acceptance and Advocacy Month, anyone can make the world a little more colorful while dreaming big. It’s a sweet 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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