This year, we shift from “Awareness” to “Acceptance” and advocate for lawmakers to federally designate April as Autism Acceptance Month. While we will always work to spread awareness, words matter, and the need for acceptance is greater than ever, as we strive for autistic individuals to live fully in all areas of life. As many individuals and families affected by autism know, acceptance is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system throughout the lifespan. The Autism Society understands the importance of fostering acceptance to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in inclusive education,
competitive employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services and supports. Autism Society of America
Autism Society of America Autism Acceptance Month
We See Things Differently. We Celebrate Differences.
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 54 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries. Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means no two people with autism are affected the same way. With support, people with autism can live full lives and make meaningful contributions to society. As an affiliate of the Autism Society, the Autism Society of Maine is here for families, individuals and the community for guidance and education about autism. #CelebrateDifferences ASM Press Release (download)
#IAmMe Social Media Challenge!
The Autism Society of America and Affilliates challenges its audiences to share photos of themselves doing a favorite activity, to showcase pride and promote acceptance and share with #IAmMe on social media that encourages individuals with autism and their families to live full, quality lives through connection and acceptance.
Check out what is happening in April and all year long!
The ASM Online Calendar is updated frequently so come back often!
FREE Webinars In honor of Autism Acceptance month ASM has brought back Coffee with Cathy segments! each week Cathy Dionne, Executive Director and Guest Speaker will cover various topics. All of these webinars are FREE and require registration. You can also see past webinar recordings!
United Nations World Autism Awareness Day
April 2, 2021 United Nations World Autism Day
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and heightened glaring inequalities around the world, especially when it comes to income and wealth distribution, access to health care, protection under the law, and political inclusion. Persons with autism have long faced many of these inequalities, which have only been further exacerbated by the pandemic. It’s a problem made worse by long recognized discriminatory hiring practices and workplace environments that present major obstacles for persons with autism; all of which contribute to the unemployment or severe underemployment of a large majority of adults on the autism spectrum.
The 2021 World Autism Awareness Day observance will address these issues through a virtual event that will include moderated panel discussions with individuals on the autism spectrum who have themselves experienced the challenges and seen these new opportunities in the employment market.
Virtual event on Thursday, 8 April 2021, 10-11 a.m. EST
Join Fundraisers for the Autism Society of Maine Happening in April
Shaws Distribution Center: Employee Donation Campaign thru April
Flower & Sugar: Cookies for a Cause! Proceeds from puzzle designed cookies will go to ASM
Health & Happiness Fundraising Celebration Fundraiser by Independent Plexus Ambassadors
Have a Heart Fundraiser
Fundraise in a fun way while promoting Autism Acceptance! Schools, businesses or agencies can offer to sell puzzle piece paper hearts for $1 each to students, customers or clients. Names can tbe added on the heart and displayed in a window or on a wall. This is a great way for you and the participant to support the Autism Society of Maine. ASM would supply you with the hearts and you would provide a check at the end of the campaign for the total amount of hearts sold. See more information here!
Do you want to create a facebook fundraiser for ASM? It’s easy! Just go to the ASM fundraiser link or to the tab or your facebook page to get started! This is a great way to host an online fundraiser with your friends and family to get involved in!
WALK or RUN for Autism! April 1 - April 30th
Join hundreds of walkers and runners throughout the state in supporting the Autism Society of Maine. During the entire month of April, walk or run for that person who makes your life extra special. You choose your day, you choose your location.
Register for our Hero Walk/Run today!
Make a donation that you can trust to stay in Maine!
All donations go towards supporting Autism Society of Maine programs for individuals with autism and thier families, educators, employers and the whole community. Donation Page
Autism Information Specialists are trained by ASM and can provide educational information to parents, guardians, individuals with ASD
and various agencies,professionals and service providers. Our presentations are specifically designed to respond to the needs of those who request them.FMI call ASM: 1-800-273-5200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ASM is offering an exciting learning experience that can help students better understand their peers with autism (2nd grade - 8th grade.)
ASM can come to your school, and present to your class the “Kit for Kids” program developed by "Organization for Autism Research." Through a story, children learn that students with autism may think differently or need some accommodations, but all students are of equal worth.
Online Resources Explaining Autism:
Understanding autism can begin with books!
The ASM Lending Library is a free collection of books, cd's,dvd's for children and adults about autism. We can send to you at no cost, library material and even give you return postage to send back to us! ( keep the original packaging for the return.)
Need help picking out a title? Let us know what you are looking for and we can suggest a title for you!
Printable Crafts, Bookmarks, Coloring Pages, and Activities for Children