April is Autism Awareness Month. Ask anyone who has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or their loved ones, and they’ll tell you that every month ought to be an autism awareness month. ASD is something that impacts millions of people around the world, with tens of thousands of people being diagnosed every year.
National Autism Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance, and draw attention to everyone who lives with ASD each day. The Autism Society, nationally and in North and South Carolina, work hard to promote inclusion, acceptance, and self-determination for everyone. Everyone with ASD should be provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
During the month of April, you can help raise awareness and learn more about autism right here in our local community.
How You Can Get Involved
The Autism Society of North Carolina puts on a wide variety of events for people with ASD and their loved ones and caregivers. You can partner with this organization to help by donating your time or money to any of their events. You can also raise awareness about autism in other ways:
- Use #StandUpForAutism on social media to promote local events and talk about your experiences with ASD.
- Show off the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon with pins, stickers, shirts, bumper stickers, car magnets, and more.
- Make a donation to the Autism Society of North Carolina
- Participate in local events
Virtual Races for Autism
In the month of April, two virtual races are scheduled with proceeds going to help organizations that help people with ASD and their families. You can run your own race, on your favorite path, and report your results for medals, t-shirts, and more.
2019 See the World a Different Way 1 mile and 5K Virtual Race
Complete your race anytime in April. Proceeds benefit the Organization for Autism Research. The cost to join in is only $20, and you can also purchase special shirts and hoodies. Learn more here.
2019 WHO Wants to Race for Autism Awareness 5K and 10K
This is for all the Doctor Who fans and anyone who wants to support autism awareness. One quote is the guiding light of this race: “900 years of time and space and I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.” -The Doctor Complete your race anytime in April. Proceeds go to the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. Learn more here.
Charlotte Insurance is committed to giving back to our community as often as we can. Autism Awareness Month is one of those times. Working together, we can make a difference.