Join IN to Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month
Autism Acceptance Month is recognized annually in April. Originally started in 1970 as “Autism Awareness Month,” the Autistic community continuously calls for more than just ‘awareness’ but for public acceptance and celebration.
Many of us have a narrow understanding of Autism and Autistic people. This Autism Acceptance Month, we invite you to learn from #ActuallyAutistic professionals about the diversity within the Autistic Community and ways you can advance inclusion year-round.
Learn from #ActuallyAutistic Leaders
Join us all month long for takeovers and videos by #ActuallyAutistic professionals in the Disability:IN community as they share what Autism Acceptance means to them.
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Uncommon Facts About Autism
About 1 percent of the world’s population has autism. (CDC, 2014)
As of 2018, eighty-five percent of college graduates with autism were unemployed (Market Watch, 2019)
Although boys are four times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism as children (CDC, 2020). It is common for women to be diagnosed later in life. (What Women With Autism Want You To Know)
Trans or Non-Binary Individuals are up to six times more likely to be diagnosed as Autistic (University of Cambridge)
Autism greatly varies from person to person. No two Autistic people are alike!
Our Inclusion Works Program has developed a “Framework for Neurodiversity at Work Pilots,” a four-step framework for building a more neurodiverse workforce.
The Neurodiversity @ Work Employer Roundtable is a collection of employers committed to neurodiversity-focused hiring initiatives. The Roundtable is about building a community of employers that work together to create understanding, awareness and supportive systems that provide opportunities for neurodivergent employees to grow and achieve their full potential.
Best Practices from Disability Equality Index Participants:
SAP’s Autism at Work Program
FordWorks Autism Hiring Program
American Multi-Cinema’s Sensory-Friendly Film Programming
EY’s Neurodiversity@Work Program
Join the Conversation on Social Media
Use the following social media graphics, recommended hashtags, and suggested posts to spread the word on social media.
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Be sure to tag @DisabilityIN [Instagram, Twitter, Facebook] and @Disability:IN [LinkedIn] so we can see your post!
Did you know that April is #AutismAcceptanceMonth? I’m excited to celebrate with @DisabilityIN throughout the month to drive inclusion and acceptance of autistic professionals in the workplace. Learn how Disability:IN is celebrating this month by visiting https://bit.ly/3Kttm6h.
This year for #AutismAcceptanceMonth, I encourage my network to help advance the inclusion of #ActuallyAutistic professionals in the workplace by learning from autistic coworkers and colleagues. Check out Disability:IN for resources related to autism by visiting https://bit.ly/3Kttm6h.
This month, for #AutismAcceptanceMonth, I’m advancing my understanding of the #ActuallyAutistic community to help drive inclusion and
acceptance. Learn how you can celebrate with @DisabilityIN by visiting https://bit.ly/3Kttm6h.
Remember to Add Alt-Text
Image 1 Alt-Text: Dark blue background behind white arched text, Autism Acceptance Month, above a green infinity symbol. Below the green infinity symbol is the word, Different, that has different typographic styles for each letter with a green-blue-white gradient. Below is green text, Not Less. On the bottom right is a white Disability:IN logo.
Image 2 Alt-Text: [Your name’s] professional headshot. [Your name] [describe yourself] In front of him is a green gradient brush stroke on the perimeter of his photo with blue text, #AutismAcceptance with an infinity sign to the right.
About the Graphic Designer
Alex Clem serves as the Marketing & Communications Coordinator at Disability:IN. In her role, she prioritizes the intersections between accessibility and inclusive marketing and design across multiple platforms. Alex has six years of collective experience producing graphic designs and content marketing.
Her personal experience as an autistic woman has inspired her to create graphic and typographic designs that speak to her experience being late diagnosed.