What is Autism Awareness Month?

Katie Flanagan

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Mr. Lindell-AP Physics
October 14, 2021
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During April, we celebrate Autism Awareness and set time aside to educate ourselves.

April 2021 marks the start of Autism Awareness Month. What began over a decade ago has now been authorized by the United Nations as World Autism Awareness Day.

According to the Autism Society, “the prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 54 in 2020.” As the years progress, more and more children are falling onto the autism spectrum. It is important that we construct a society that upholds the pillars of acceptance and community.

“Throughout the month, we focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support,” said organization, Autism Speaks, “This year, we are committed to keeping the spirit of the month alive, as now more than ever we know the autism community needs support, kindness and compassion. In April 2021 we’re inviting the community to #LightUpWithKindness.”

Along with promoting a deeper understanding of Autism, Autism Speaks created a special event called “Light it Up Blue” day. It occurs on April 2 and encourages the public to light up their homes blue and wear blue apparel in order to support this movement.

From London to New York City, different monuments around the world light up the sky with a blue hue. The Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building are only a few buildings that participate in “Light it Up Blue” day.

A couple of celebrities who are reportedly on the autism spectrum are Albert Einstein, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Britain’s Got Talent singing sensation Susan Boyle and director Tim Burton. These are only a few autistic individuals who showed the world their immense potential. What would the world be now if we told Albert Einstein that he wasn’t smart enough? Or that Tim Burton could’t direct?

Whether you have somebody autistic in your life or not, it is important to increase awareness about this topic. Many of you may be asking: What can I do to help? The answer is simple: spread kindness. A simple act of compassion will trigger a domino effect that can turn our world upside down.