In 2007, The United Nations passed a resolution declaring April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day. It was a groundbreakinginitiative which created conversation and awareness around a disability which affects 1 in 68 people (according to the CDC).
I’ve created a petition via change.org to change the title of World Autism Awareness Day to World Autism Inclusion Day. You may think this is mere semantics, but words are powerful. Awareness is important and there was a time when the level of awareness of those living with autism was low, but it’s time to make the next step.
It’s time to be proactive; to be actively inclusive of people who are living with autism. So many crave to interact, to feel a sense of belonging and to form friendships. If you have ever felt the urge to make a difference, then start by recognizing the power of words, it’s time to rebrand from awareness to inclusion. I urge you to:
(a) Consider actively including those who have an autism diagnosis into your communities and
(b)Sign this petition
Social Inclusion and a sense of belonging are crucial to the development of self -esteem. Our children need to be included not just talked about. Let’s change the wording; it’s time for World Autism Inclusion Day.
The link to the petition is: