The White Home was lit blue in 2017 as a part of Autism Speaks’ “Gentle It Up Blue” marketing campaign. This 12 months, some advocacy teams are hoping the president will designate April as “Autism Acceptance Month.” (Lincoln Images)
April has lengthy been often known as “Autism Consciousness Month,” however advocates are pushing this time round for a federal designation of the month centered on acceptance as an alternative.
The Autism Society of America is spearheading an effort calling on native, state and federal leaders throughout the nation to call April “Autism Acceptance Month.” The group is looking for help from members of Congress and the White Home for the designation.
“This 12 months the autism group is formally shifting references of ‘Autism Consciousness Month’ to ‘Autism Acceptance Month,’” the Autism Society wrote in letters to U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., and Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., who chair every physique’s autism caucus. “Our purpose is to have President Biden situation a proclamation stating April as Autism Acceptance Month, embracing the inclusive objectives of the group and aligning with the constant language autism organizations and particular person advocates have been utilizing for years.”
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The Autism Society notes that advocates have been utilizing the time period “acceptance” over “consciousness” for some time, however the authorities has been gradual to regulate. Different teams together with Easter Seals and the Nationwide Affiliation of Councils on Developmental Disabilities are supporting the trouble.
“It’s not sufficient to know that somebody has autism, we have to settle for and push for inclusion in order that people can totally take part in our social cloth,” stated Christopher Banks, president and CEO of the Autism Society.
Kim Musheno, the group’s vice chairman of public coverage, stated they’ve drafted a presidential proclamation that they hope the Biden administration will take into account.
“We have now not obtained any guarantees at the moment however common enthusiasm for the idea,” she stated.
The White Home didn’t reply to a request for touch upon the matter.