Autism Acceptance Month – April is Autism Acceptance Month. During Autism Acceptance Month, we promote acceptance and celebrate autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members who make valuable contributions to our world. We want to change the dialogue about autism from fear, pity, and tragedy to support, acceptance, and empowerment. We do this by sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and autistic people via our Welcome To The Autistic Community resource, sharing the voices and stories of autistic people, and reminding our allies and the broader community that “acceptance is an action”–one we are relying on them to take.
The Disability Community Day of Mourning – Since 2012, ASAN and other disability rights organizations have come together at local vigils across the country to mourn people with disabilities who were killed by their parents or caregivers. During the rest of the year, ASAN works to bring awareness to these tragedies, demand justice and equal protection under the law for all people with disabilities, and prevent further murders.