Autism is a neural development disorder that children and adults face around the world. The disorder is characterized based on impaired social interactions as well as non-verbal/verbal communication. In diagnosis, most characteristics are apparent when a child is young, usually before the age of three. There are several aspects of autism, and children will react differently as autism affects every child differently.
In support of the disorder, the United Nations adopted World Autism Awareness Day in late 2007, and every year, this day supports the awareness of autism. Around the world, cities offer celebrations and activities to promote the awareness of the disorder. Those who have children, who are autistic or know someone who has autism, will take part in such activities.
Families can easily find activities in their town or create their own option to be able to recognize those who have autism. It is important for every individual to better understand autism and also promote awareness of the disorder. Below are a few ideas for activities for Autism Awareness Day.
Host an Autism Bake Sale
Plan a bake sale in your community, where neighbors can learn more about autism and raise money for awareness of the cause. The puzzle piece is the symbol for autism and can be used to make cookies, crispy treats and more to be able to represent the disorder. Create decorations and activities to coincide with the sale to bring in even more people!
Search for Local Events
Search the local newspaper or websites online to find out what activities or events may be taking place in your area. Child care centers, libraries and other facilities are known for hosting such events. Invite friends and family to take part to have fun and learn more about autism.
Host a Seminar
Team up with your local library to host a seminar on autism. If you are a parent who has dealt with autism for many years, you may be able to help other parents who have younger children. Host the event on Autism Awareness Day to support the cause and teach parents what you have learned dealing with the disorder.
Start a New Social Media Page
Decide to celebrate Autism Awareness Day by creating a new social media page for your child to express themselves and share your daily activities and struggles. Or use the outlet to promote daily autism quotes, tips and information. Decide just how you can use the social media outlet to not only benefit others but also to help yourself.
Create a School Event
For school age children, speak to the school about planning an autistic event. Use the school as an outlet to host a fun event with food and games to teach children about the disorder. Children will be able to understand what their friends are going through and also be able to have fun in the process!
Whatever you choose to do, be sure that you have fun and spread the word about autism during your activities. Celebrate your child and teach the world to learn more about Autism Awareness Day!