In one of our earlier blogs from this month, we discussed the ways you can support the autism community throughout April — Autism Awareness Month. And from what we saw on social media and from new outlets, it looks like many of you didn’t disappoint! But all too often, May 1, arrives and peoples’ commitment to autism awareness begins to fade.
One of the simplest and most impactful ways you can support the autism community is by learning the facts. From how it’s diagnosed to the core issues faced by adults with autism, it’s important to know about the cause you’re fighting for.
Then inform your children.
Studies show that teaching little ones about autism can help make them more open, understanding, and accepting of those with ASD.
Listen when parents of children with autism talk.
Whether their child is two or 20, parents of children with special needs wish you knew a few things about their life and their child. While we certainly don’t want to speak for every parent, studies have shown that most parents of children with autism want you to know that:
- You shouldn’t feel awkward asking about their child or how they’re doing.
- If their child does something wrong, you can tell and even discipline them, but don’t scold them.
- Just like you, they worry about their child’s safety and future.
- It’s okay to ask questions about something you’re unsure of.
Reach out to someone.
People with autism often want to partake in the fun they see others enjoying, they just don’t know how to approach the subject. Whether you know someone has autism or not, the next time you see someone playing or eating alone, invite them to join you.
Advocate for those who can’t.
Funding for people with autism in schools, the workforce, and the housing market is severely lacking. Encourage politicians in your town to advocate for more autism and special needs funding.
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