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Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month!

 

Governor Paul LePage has signed a Proclamation that April 2012 shall be recognized as Autism Awareness Month in the State of Maine.

Autism is a developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. It is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the functioning of the brain, and occurs in approximately one out of every 88 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. Learn more about autism from the Autism Society of Maine (ASM).

There is a lot that you can do to bring Autism Awareness to your community, library, school, workplace and home. You can join with others and
attend an event, create a bulletin board in the community with an Autism Awareness Packet from ASM (includes poster, brochures, informational flyers), read a book to a class, host an event, wear an autism awareness ribbon, make a donation to ASM, and much more!

Visit ASM's Online Get Involved Page!

Maine Resources
Resources
Support Groups
ASM Online Store: Autism Awareness items to show support.
ASM Facebook

Books and Movies

ASM Library

Resources Explaining Autism
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
Learn about autism with an online tutorial, from Autism Society

Printable Crafts, Bookmarks, Coloring Pages, and Activities for Children
Autism Awareness Ribbon Symbol to cut out and fold
Autism Awareness Bookmarks and Pencil Toppers
Autism Awareness Door Hangers
Autism Awareness Pinwheel to make
“I Love Someone with Autism” Paper Dog craft
“I Love Someone With Autism” Paper Car craft
Autism Awareness Symbol Coloring Page
Autism Awareness Word Search
Autism Awareness Crossword Puzzle

Websites for Children with Autism
Zac Browser: a free Internet browser developed specifically for children living with variants of autism spectrum disorder.
Whiz Kid Games: free online games for children with autism from


Easy crafts featuring puzzle pieces:
Kid’s Picture Frame
Puzzle Piece Art
Puzzle Piece Butterfly
Puzzle Piece Sign
Puzzle Piece Friendship Necklace

 

Fun Stuff

Autism? There’s an app. for that.
Autism Comics
Games for Kids with Autism