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April Autism Awareness Month - 2019

We See Things Differently. We Celebrate Differences. 
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. Call ASM: 1-800-273-5200.

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 59 births. Autism is four times more prevalent in boys than girls and knows no racial, ethnic or social boundaries.

What can you do to bring Autism Awareness to your community?
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, join a support group, share the autism awareness ribbon or information on social media, purchase an autism awareness item in the ASM store to wear or share, learn more about autism and much more!

Tips to Communicate with Autistic Individuals (digital pocket card) by Autism Society of America

ASM Online Calendar!
Check out what is happening in April and all year long! Updated frequently so come back often!
Several Free Movies will be shown! See details on calendar
Extraordinary People: Tue, April 2, 6:30pm – 7:15pm University of Maine, Orono, Donald P Corbett Business Hall, 28 Beddington Rd, rm 115
Extraordinary People: Weds. April 10, University of New England, Harold Alfond Forum, 630 Pool St, Biddeford, Rm 283
Intellegent Lives: April 4, 4:00 to 6:00pm, University of Maine, Orono
"Dumbo" Saturday, April 6 at 10:00am, Auburn Flagship Theater: A free sensory friendly movie for the whole family!


The Autism Society of Maine (ASM) is offering an opportunity to fundraise in a fun way while promoting Autism Awareness!

Schools, businesses or agencies can offer to sell puzzle piece paper hearts for $1 each to students, customers or clients. They would put their name on the heart and you would display them in a window or on a wall. You most likely have seen a variety of stores and businesses sell them to show support for a cause. This is a great way for you and the participants 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. It’s that simple. See more information here!

Understanding autism can begin with stories about a child, sibling, friend, and classmate with autism. The ASM Lending Library is a FREE resource filled with 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.)

Autism Awareness Packets are Free and can be mailed to you at no cost. ASM will have two different autism awareness packets to choose from, one is for schools and one has general information about autism.

The general packet will contain information about autism and is suitable for a bulletin board (poster, brochures, autism awareness ribbons and flyers.) 

To request your FREE Autism Awareness packet be mailed, call ASM at 1-800-5200 or email:

School Autism Awareness Packet

General Autism Awareness Packet

Autism Information Specialist 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:

April 2, 2019  World Autism Day

In the context of the Secretary-General’s Strategy, the 2019 World Autism Awareness Day observance at UN Headquarters in New York will focus on leveraging the use of assistive technologies for persons with autism as a tool in removing the barriers to their full social, economic and political participation in society, and in promoting equality, equity and inclusion. Topics to be addressed through discussions with self-advocates and experts include:

  • The Internet and digital communities: Leveling the playing field
  • Independent living: Smart home technology and more
  • Education and employment: Communication and executive functioning
  • Telemedicine: Opening the doors to healthcare
  • The right to be heard: Political participation and advocacy

In 2008, The United Nations General Assembly unanimously declared 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day. The 2019 observance of the Day at UN Headquarters is organized by the UN Department of Global Communications and Department of Economic and Social Affairs, in close cooperation with persons with autism and their representative organizations.

"On World Autism Awareness Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to promote the full participation of all people with autism, and ensure they have the necessary support to be able to exercise their rights and fundamental freedoms." Secretary-General António Guterres


"Light it up Blue"
As part of a gobal initative to help raise awareness for autism on April 2nd, iconic landmarks around the world will be illuminated at night with blue lights.

Online 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
Brochures on Autism: printable from ASM
Learn about autism with an online autism 101 course/tutorial from Autism Society


'Sesame Street' introduces Julia's family, rolls out new resources for families in honor of Awareness MonthThe beloved long-running children's program "Sesame Street" is rolling out new characters and resources for families in honor of Autism Awareness Month! introducing viewers to Julia's whole family and in the words of Elmo, demonstrating how "it's really cool that everybody's a little bit different but same, too."
Videos for Kids, Videos for Parents, Story Books and Interactives for Kids



Printable Crafts, Bookmarks, Coloring Pages, and Activities for Children
Autism Awareness Printables
Games for Kids with Autism