All month long I've been wearing my autism button on my jacket lapel. It says, "April is autism awareness month. Every day is autism awareness day in our home." It's been a great conversation starter for those who take the time to read it when I'm out and about.
I've also been wearing my autism t-shirts. In fact, I made a new one last week with a handy dandy iron-on transfer placed on a new white shirt.
Here is the image I put on the front of my shirt:
On the back of the shirt I added the Pyramid of Crazy. I wore the shirt to an autism awareness event that my nonprofit co-hosted with another special needs organization. The next morning I also wore the shirt to another autism fundraising event I attended. I got a lot of smiles and comments on the shirt, so I guess the idea was alright after all.
I've also been drawing attention to autism through various speaking engagements and meetings within my local community. There is a lot to talk about! Some of those events have yielded future meetings and speaking engagements. Much work is to be done, but if people in my own community can learn something about autism and be more aware and more tolerant, then it is all definitely worth the time and effort.
There are a few posts I'd like to share with you that I wrote last year that may add a little something to this, the last day of Autism Awareness Month 2012.
1. I did a Facebook project a couple of years ago where I listed 1 thing about autism each day of April for my status update. Read all about it at: Autism Awareness Tidbits
2. I wrote my take on "Welcome to Holland." Autism may not be like tiptoeing through the tulips. Read on at: Welcome to Holland. Or is it Beirut?
3. Last but not least, I like to share a brief post I wrote called, Every day is autism awareness day.
Thank you for joining me for Autism Awareness Month. I wonder what I'll do next year?
P.S. I want to announce our winner from the coffee giveaway I posted last week in appreciation of reaching over 1,000 likes on Facebook. The winner is Marisa! I numbered all of the comments and then had my hubby pick a random number. Hers was the winner! Marisa, I sent you an email so get in touch with me and I'll send you your coffee! I hope you enjoy it.