April 2, 2019 is the twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day.
Pledge blue this April for World Autism Month and join a global movement of acceptance and inclusivity of the unique talents and gifts of people with autism.
National Autism Awareness Month was first announced by the Autism Society in April 1970. Its purpose was to increase awareness and educate the community about autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may have a number of effects on a person's social interactions and communication. It is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States (ASDF).
The first Autism Acceptance Month celebrations were organized by Paula Durbin Westby in 2011, as a response to traditional “Autism Awareness” campaigns which some of the Autistic community found harmful and insufficient. To learn more about the philosophy behind the "Nothing About Us, Without Us!" campaign, please visit the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.