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Autism Spectrum Disorder

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April is Autism Acceptance Month

About 1 in 36 children have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to estimates from CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.  Each April, we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and celebrate the Autistic Community.

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Jersey City Parents Speak Up

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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.

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Links & Resources

A guide for parents of autistic kids.

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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.

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Learn more about neurodiversity, the viewpoint that brain differences are normal, rather than deficits.

Brain

A twice-monthly podcast where we explore research, amplify autistic voices, and change the way we think about autism in life and in professional therapy practice.

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A list of the top movies around the web featuring autism; ranging from child friendly to adult films.

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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.

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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities.

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ASAN intern Lydia Brown explores the debate over person-first language (e.g., person with autism).

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Unpacking the debate over person-first vs. identity-first language in the autism community.

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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.

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Autism Speaks asked their followers on Instagram what books about autism they would recommend to others and here are their answers.

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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.”

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Social stories and comic strip conversations can help people develop greater social understanding and stay safe.

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Many autistic people communicate using methods other than or in addition to verbal speech.  Learn about augmentative and alternative communication methods.

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Ten common misconceptions and realities about autism

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Seven strategies to help during the spread of COVID-19

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POAC offers daily and weekly live events for families, such as Zumba, yoga, storytelling, a parent support group, webinars, and more.

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Try out these sensory activities with your child

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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!

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Autism Little Learners created this social story to help children understand video chatting.

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Autism Little Learners created this social story to help children with wearing PPE.

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Autism Little Learners has created FREE social stories for a variety of occasions and experiences!

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A collective of Autistic people responsive to the evolving needs and trajectory of the Autistic community.

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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.

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Pacific Medical Training provides an article outlining information about Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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NewMouth offers a guide for patients, parents/caregivers, and dentists.

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Autism New Jersey is a nonprofit agency committed to ensuring safe and fulfilling lives for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them.

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Changing the narrative about Autism and Neurodiversity through awareness, education, and engagement.

Toy Brain

This Jersey City organization raises autism acceptance by hosting family-friendly, inclusive events throughout the year because autism isn’t just one day or one month.

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Autism: Products

"All My Stripes" is an excellent resource for talking to children about autism.

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Meet Julia, an old buddy of Elmo’s and the newest friend on Sesame Street. Julia is autistic, and she and Elmo share an amazing friendship.

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The story begins with Matthew greeting his new classmate Simon on his first day at a new school. When Mathew realizes Simon is a little different to his other friends, he's just not sure if he wants to have 'a friend like Simon'. However, a school trip to the funfair soon helps to change his mind!

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This powerful story highlights the advantages of inclusion for both autistic children and their classmates.

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