By Lisa Ackerman
Autism affects so many people that the month of April has been designated to help with increasing its awareness. I must state: if you don’t know someone with autism, I would like to meet you!! When I started giving talks 15 years ago, I would always kick off the speech with “how many of you know someone with autism?” Back then, only a few people would raise their hands. Now, my talks begin with every hand being raised after I bring up this same question.
To kick off autism action month, TACA will build awareness and activation via a press release, and social media campaign plan to support TACA’s mission and families living with autism (1.) We need all hands on deck to support this important effort.
We also are kicking off Autism Action month with dozens of family stories on this blog in April. Our goal is to feature the variety of autism family stories, their challenges faced and achievements throughout the month.
This is my 15th month of April as a parent of a child diagnosed with autism. Whatever the statistic, my son is one of the 1 in 68 in the U.S. living with autism (2.) When he was diagnosed in 1999 he was 1 in 2,500. Won’t you take action to help? We need your help more than ever. It’s time to ACTIVATE.
If you are a parent and have too much on your plate, please reach out to us. Please share this post with a family member, friend or neighbor and ask them to help TACA and support autism in honor of your child. We must drive change for our children. It is now April and just being aware is not enough.
- April is Autism Action Month https://www.tacanow.org/ways-to-help/autism-awareness/
- About autism https://www.tacanow.org/about-autism/