April is just around the corner which means it’s not long until “Autism Acceptance Month”.

April 2, every year, marks the recognition of the diverse minds that enrich our world. “World Autism Awareness Day 2024” is not just a date but a beacon of progress. On this day you may see plenty of blue being shown off to support autism awareness. The colour blue’s association to autism originated with the autism advocacy association known as Autism Speaks. Their “Light it Up Blue” campaign calls for people to wear blue to promote autism awareness. Blue is also the organisation’s primary colour, and is associated with a calm feeling and acceptance in an otherwise loud and busy world for people on the spectrum.

April 2nd – 8th is “Autism Acceptance Week” – Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) is a lifelong condition that can affect a person’s social skills, such as communication and the way they interact with other people. It is estimated that there are around 700,000 Autistic people in the UK. The aim of Autism Acceptance Week (formerly known as Autism Awareness Week) is to help more people understand what autism is, as well as the ways it can affect life for Autistic people.

Ultimately, the goal of “Autism Acceptance Month” is to be more inclusive of the community it seeks to celebrate. It promotes not just education about the differences of people with autism but understanding and respecting them.