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April is Autism Awareness Month!


Autism Awareness is in the spotlight during the month of April. It is a time for families, employees and the community to participate in activities that support and educate about autism.

There is a lot that you can do to bring Autism Awareness to your community! You can host an event or join with others and attend an event like the Walk for Autism, create a bulletin board, wear an autism awareness ribbon, make a donation to ASM, join our Facebook group, become a member of ASM, purchase an autism awareness item in the ASM Store and much more!

Teachers are also taking this opportunity to educate their students about autism and promoting understanding and inclusion for their fellow classmates. We are happy to help in any way we can, by providing autism information, books & DVD’s or by offering an autism presentation. Autism Information Specialists are trained by ASM and can give a presentation to your class about autism on all grade levels. If you are interested in this program, call ASM to schedule a presentation: 1-800-273-5200 or email:

Autism Awareness Packets

Autism Awareness Packets are available and can be mailed to you by ASM at no cost. There are five packets to choose from. Each packet will contain: Brochures, poster, flyers, and 5 multi-colored autism awareness ribbons and more informations according to the packet chosen. The contents of this packet are for posting on a bulletin board at your school, library, workplace or in your community. The April Autism Awareness packet contents may be copied.

Call ASM to request an Autism Awareness packet be mailed to you at: 1-800-5200 or email:

General Autism Awareness Packet

Law Enforcement Autism Awareness Packet

Medical Provider Autism Awareness Packet

School Packet Autism Awareness Packet

Library Packet Autism Awareness Packet

April Autism Awareness events and information will be posted on ASM’s Calendar of Events page. Please let us know if you are planning an event, and we will advertise it there as well.
Email event details to: or call: 1-800-273-5200.

Flyer of Activities for the Year with ASM
Walk for Autism Flyer
Beauty and the Beast Sensory Friendly Showing Flyer

The United Nations General Assembly declared April 2nd World Autism Day.  It was first observed in 2007. Across the globe, autism organizations celebrate the day with fundraising, autism awareness-raising events, or showing support by wearing an autism awareness symbol such as the autism ribbon.

As part of a global initiative to help raise awareness for autism, iconic landmarks around the world will “Light It Up Blue” as part of World Autism Awareness Day.

2017 Theme: "Toward Autonomy and Self-Determination"

Additional Resources:

ASM Resource Page

Support GroupsMyAutismTeam online community support

Books about Autism for Educators

Puzzle Piece Project Toolkit - by Autism Speaks
This is a fun and interactive educational tool kit for grade levels K-12 designed to increase students’ understanding of autism during Autism Awareness Month.

Kids Health: a website that explains autism in simple language for kids.

Growing Up Together: a printable 4 page brochure, explains autism and how to be friends with someone with autism,  from Autism Society

Growing Up Together: Teens with Autism: a printable brochure for Teens, from Autism Society

First 100 Days Kit: a printable tool kit to assist families in getting the critical information they needed in the first 100 days after an autism diagnosis from Autism Speaks.
Brochures on Autism: printable from ASM

Printable Crafts, Bookmarks, Coloring Pages, and Activities for Children

Autism Awareness Ribbon Symbol

Autism Awareness Bookmarks and Pencil Toppers

Autism Awareness Door Hangers

Autism Awareness Pinwheel

“I Love Someone with Autism” Paper Dog

“I Love Someone With Autism” Paper Car

Autism Awareness Symbol Coloring Page

Autism Awareness Word Search

Autism Awareness Crossword Puzzle

Puzzle Piece Butterfly

Internet Browser for Children with Autism

Zac Browser: a free Internet browser developed specifically for children living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.