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April 1, 2015

Promote Acceptance During National Autism Awareness Month

Category: General — NYSID @ 5:28 am

April is National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM15), when we honor the contributions of individuals with autism to the social and economic well-being of our communities, our state and our nation.

Since the 1970s, the U.S. has recognized April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues within the autism community. Today, autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America and affects more than 1.5 million people nationwide, according to The Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Brent Matthew Lillard, a graphic designer with The Nicholas Center for Autism/Spectrum Designs Foundation, overcomes the challenges presented by Asperger’s syndrome.

Brent Matthew Lillard, a graphic designer with The Nicholas Center for Autism/Spectrum Designs Foundation in Port Washington, is a talented young man who overcomes the challenges presented by Asperger’s syndrome.

He was a deserving co-recipient of the 2014 William B. Joslin Outstanding Performance Award, NYSID’s most prestigious people-centered award. View a short video profiling Brent and his outstanding work.

Join NYSID and the Autism Society by participating in NAAM15. Here’s how:

#AutismUniquelyYOU – High Five for Autism. #AutismUniquelyYOU is a social media campaign that raises autism awareness and highlights the diversity and richness of the autism community. It’s a simple concept: hand painting for a cause and raising autism awareness. The campaign encourages people to paint their hands, make a video or take a picture of a unique product, share it on social media, and urge others to do the same.

Put on the Puzzle. The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Show your support for people with autism by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon –– as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture –– and educate others on the potential of people with autism.

Get involved: Discover local events. Nationwide, more than 100 Autism Society chapters hold a number of special events in their communities throughout April.

Find information: The Autism Society reaches thousands of families each day with information and referral services through Autism Source, a comprehensive resource database and call center. Connect with information and referral specialists or call 1-800-3-AUTISM.

Thanks to our member agencies and corporate partners for promoting awareness and acceptance during National Autism Awareness Month, and for your continued support throughout the year.


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