Autism Spectrum Disorder
April is Autism Acceptance Month
Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the United States. 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, totaling over 5 million young people and adults. Each April, we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.
Jersey City Parents Speak Up
I have a 17 year old son with autism. I'd like people to be compassionate, patient, and understanding. Be a friend and be nice. My son is eager to make friends but it's hard because his peers may not know about autism. I'm so protective of him, and fear someone might hurt his feelings. If parents and teachers can explain to children about autism, their kids will be more open to making friends and helping other peers who have autism.
Award Winning and Breakthrough Advocate Kerry Magro knew early on that he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Kerry was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS), a form of autism, at age 4. Growing up, Kerry’s future was very uncertain. Today, however, after countless hours of therapy and the support of a loving family, Kerry has conquered many of his challenges. Now, as an adult, Kerry is a professional speaker, best-selling author, movie consultant and non-profit founder.
Links & Resources
Following actually autistic people on social media, reading their blogs and watching their videos can be one of the best ways to support, affirm and embrace your neurodiversity all year round — and educate others why we should be advocating for autism acceptance as opposed to “awareness.”
Discover what’s possible when people impacted by autism inspire change and build community. Together with self-advocates, family members, educators, and international autism service providers, Rachel Harmon from the Global Autism Project explores stories of challenges and breakthroughs to extend the reach of human connection and remind people that they are not alone.
This article discusses how twenty-year-old Jersey City resident Joseph Silver was thriving at his job at Gino's Pizzeria in Jersey City, NJ. They hope more local businesses will employ people with disabilities.
Debra Muzika of the Art of Autism explores the history of the puzzle piece, the most common symbol for autism, and how people feel about it.
These sensory activities are great for any kid, and if you have a child on the autism spectrum, he or she is sure to enjoy one of these 21 activities for kids with autism!
Be Like Buddy offers a growing database of sensory-friendly activities across the US. Theaters, museums, sports and musical venues, hair salons and eating establishments all make the list, so the world becomes more friendly and accessible to special needs families!