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Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

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).

  • 1 in 59 children have autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (Autism Facts)
  • 1 in 37 are boys
  • 1 in 151 are girls

Autism Acceptance

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.

Famous People with Autism

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin, a pioneer in research on livestock behavior, was diagnosed with autism at two and a half years old. Full bio

Dan Aykroyd

Daniel Edward Aykroyd, a Canadian-American actor, comedian, musician, businessman and filmmaker, was diagnosed with Tourette's and Asperger's Syndromes as a child. Full Bio

Susan Boyle

Susan Boyle

Scottish singer Susan Boyle, internationally recognized for performing "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical Les Misérables on Britain's Got Talent, was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a developmental disorder on the autism spectrum. Full bio

Satoshi Tajiri

Satoshi Tajiri

Satoshi Tajiri, who has Asperger's Syndrome, combined his childhood passions of bug collecting and video games to create Pokémon, a world phenomena video game and franchise. Full bio

Daryl Hannah

Daryl Hannah

Actress Daryl Hannah, who was diagnosed with Autism as a child, is best known for her roles in Splash, Blade Runner, Steel Magnolias, and RoxanneFull bio

Clay Marzo

Clay Marzo

Clay Marzo is an American professional surfer with Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism. Full bio

Autism Awareness Books @ MiraCosta Library

Autism spectrum disorder
Autism life skills
A full life with autism
Adolescents on the autism spectrum

Autism Awareness Films @ MiraCosta Library

Talk to Me

Talk to Me: Children with Autism

This engaging film follows three children in a public school autism program in Oakland, CA at home and at school, and profiles the valiant efforts of their parents and teachers to help them reach their maximum potential. 


The Horse Boy

The Horse Boy: A Family's Journey to Help Their Autistic Son

The Horse Boy follows one Texas couple and their autistic son as they trek on horseback through Outer Mongolia in an attempt to find healing for him.

Temple Grandin

TEDTalks: Temple Grandin—The World Needs All Kinds of Minds

Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works—sharing her ability to “think in pictures,”" which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

Normal People Scare Me Too

Normal People Scare Me Too

In this sequel documentary, the director interviews former and new cast members and family about attitudes and first-person perspectives/experiences in autism today. Normal People Scare Me Too was created with a film crew comprised of 75% autistic individuals.

POV: Swim Team

POV: Swim Team: Competitive Young Swimmers on the Autism Spectrum

A documentary about the extraordinary rise of the Jersey Hammerheads, a competitive swim team that recruits teens with autism spectrum disorder.

Spectrum - A Story of the Mind

Spectrum - A Story of the Mind: The Rich Sensory Experience of Autism

Spectrum takes you on a journey into the rich sensory experience of autism. The documentary features Dr. Temple Grandin, the most well-known autistic person in the world, who breaks down the link between autism and sensory experiences.

A Personal Journey

A Personal Journey Covering Autism 'In a Different Key'

Former Nightline correspondent John Donvan and producer Caren Zucker spent 15 years reporting on autism.

Living With Autism

Living With Autism

This highly personal and emotional film is presented by Psychologist Prof Uta Frith, who has devoted 50 years to studying autism. The film shows the remarkable characters who have revolutionized our understanding of the human brain.

Josh Flannagan

Josh Flannagan: The Horse Whisperer—Against the Odds: Inspiring Stories of Disability

Josh Flannagan believes Asperger's syndrome helps him understand horses. Watch as he confronts his fears daily to defy expectations in this episode of Against the Odds.

Autism in America

Autism in America

This film is a genuine and straightforward look into the autism spectrum disorder as told by the families and individuals living with autism daily. Includes interviews with Ruth Sullivan, Ph.D., the mother of Joe who inspired Dustin Hoffman's autistic character in the movie Rain Man and Alexis, the first autistic person to run for Miss America.

Stuart Duncan

TEDTalks: Stuart Duncan—How I Use Minecraft To Help Kids With Autism

Designed for children with autism and their families, Duncan's Minecraft server AutCraft creates a safe online environment for play and self-expression for kids who sometimes behave a bit differently than their peers.