World Autism Awareness Day is April 2. Here are some ways that you can show support for individuals, families, parents, teachers, and the many others whose lives are touched by autism.
1. Be there to listen
As simple as it may sound, you can show a lot of support and compassion for a family by being there to listen to the joys and difficulties of having a child with autism. By showing that you want to learn more about the individual child, and autism in general, you can help a family feel more connected to their community. Read more.
2. Participate in an awareness campaign
There are a lot of ways to get involved in raising awareness and funds to support research. One option is the Autism Speaks Walk, which occurs all over the United States throughout the year (not just in April!).
3. If you have kids, help them understand autism
There are a lot of resources out there to help children understand autism and better relate to and interact with autistic children. This booklet from the Autism Society of America is one resource, and Autism Speaks has an extensive list of books that can help.