April is Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month – a month to promote autism awareness, acceptance and inclusion.

What is autism? According to Autismspeaks.org, “Autism is a complex brain disorder that often inhibits a person’s ability to communicate, respond to surroundings, and form relationships with others.”

The disorder impacts many different people. However, each child with autism is unique and has different talents, abilities and skills.

Like everyone else, children with autism want to feel accepted and included in the greater community. And their families want that acceptance for them as well.

One way to achieve this is through inclusive practices within early education programs. Programs that are fully inclusive engage children with and without disabilities or special health care needs together in the same learning experiences, allowing children to learn from one another.

As you think about the inclusiveness of your program, check out these resources to learn more about autism and what it means for children on the autism spectrum. The more you know about autism, the more prepared you will be to welcome a child with autism into your early education program.