Activities for April Autism Awareness Month
Here are some ideas to help you spread the word during April, Autism Awareness month.
First: HELP TACA HELP FAMILIES!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO IS HELP TACA HELP FAMILIES! Please participate in TACA's 8th annual Family & Friends campaign. This campaign helps TACA continue our programs and services for FREE for families affected by autism. Contact Trang Nguyen at for more information or start your own online fundraising and awareness page at tacanow.org/campaign. This year's efforts includes the ability to share your autism story thru video, words, pictures in a creative way to have a window into autism.
IN THE COMMUNITY
TACA is hosting many autism- free events for families affected by autism:
Other activities are being planned across the U.S. Check out TACA's Local Chapters.
TACA is hosting events in your area. Find local events.
IDEAS ON HOW TO CREATE AUTISM AWARENESS IN YOUR COMMUNITY
- Plan an event to raise both awareness and funds: an autism awareness night at a local restaurant, a lemonade stand or bake sale, dress-down days at work or schools … be creative! If you would like to raise funds for TACA – please contact Violette.firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions, the ability to create a personalized web site and support.
- Creating youth ambassadors in your middle or high school. TACA has a program including awareness opportunities for youth in your community. For more info, visit tacanow.org/youthambassadors.
- Contact your local library, bookstore or schools to see if they will let you create an autism awareness display that can include information about autism, local support groups, books, etc. For a link to autism facts visit tacanow.org/about-autism/
- Set up meetings to talk with your Parent Teacher Association, police department and fire department. Talk about safety, wandering, bullying and other issues as it relates to autism. TACA can provide you with and educational presentation and handouts. Please contact email@example.com for more information. View articles about Safety and ASD Children
- Educate pediatricians in your community about the early signs of autism & treatments. Early intervention and diagnosis is key to a positive outcome. Some wonderful tools are available at:
- Help children learn more about autism.
- Create a buddy program in your school where typical students befriend a child with autism. These groups could be during lunch, recess or after school social clubs.
- If your child has a neuro-typical sibling, visit their school in April and read a children’s book on autism to the class. Some suggestions include:
- Andy and his Yellow Frisbee – by Mary Thompson
- I love my brother!! By Connor Sullivan (A preschoolers view on an older ASD brother)
- Ian’s Walk – by Laurie Lears
- A non autism book but for all disabilities is “What's Wrong with Timmy?” by Maria Shriver
- A is for Autism, F is for Friend by Joanna Velasco
- Wear autism awareness merchandise, from t-shirts to pins to bracelets and bands. Show your support with car bumper stickers or magnets. Talk to TACA about bulk purchases of autism awareness wrist bands to wear for the month of April and beyond. Merchandise can be purchased from tacanow.org
- Send TACA’s HOPE FAITH RECOVERY cards to family and friends about autism awareness month with the message that AUTISM IS TREATABLE!