The History of Autism Awareness Month

Happy Autism Awareness Month from The Deron School

Autism Awareness Month has a rich history dating back to the early 1970s. The autism community, parents, and professionals came together to form autism organizations and hold the first ever autism awareness events. The Deron School is proud to support Autism Awareness Month! We have the privilege of working with many of our students with autism, and we are committed to helping all of our students reach their full potential.

The History of Autism Awareness Month

In 1971, Dr. Bernard Rimland founded the Autism Society of America (ASA), now the world’s largest autism organization. Dr. Rimland was a scientist and father of a son with autism and was frustrated by the lack of information and services available for people with autism.

In 1972, Dr. Rimland and other autism advocates organized the first autism awareness event called “Autism Sunday.” They gathered in San Diego, California, to raise awareness and discuss the needs of people with autism and their families.

In April 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued the first presidential proclamation declaring April as National Autism Awareness Month. Since then, every president has issued a proclamation recognizing Autism Awareness Month.

4 Facts About Autism Awareness Month

  • The goal of Autism Awareness Month is to educate the public about autism and its effects on people’s lives.
  • Each year, the autism community comes together to participate in a range of events and activities during Autism Awareness Month.
  • One of the main ways autism awareness is raised is using autism awareness ribbons and blue lights.
  • Autism Awareness Month was created to increase autism funding, but it has since evolved into raising autism awareness in all its forms.

The Deron School is a Proud Supporter of the Autism Community

Autism Awareness Month is an important time for the autism community to come together and raise awareness, acceptance, and understanding. It’s also a time to celebrate the progress that has been made in autism research and provide support to people with autism and their families.

How The Deron School Can Help

The Deron School offers a state-approved private school program and services tailored to your child’s needs. If you believe that your child would benefit from our wide array of resources and services, don’t hesitate to contact us with any admission inquiries.

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