Celebrate Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month is more than just raising awareness; it's about fostering understanding, acceptance, and appreciation for individuals on the autism spectrum. As Christopher Banks, CEO of the Autism Society of America said, "Awareness is knowing that somebody has autism - acceptance is when you include a person with autism in your activities. Help (them) to develop in that community and get that sense of connection to other people." 

 It's a time to celebrate the unique strengths, perspectives, and talents of autistic individuals and promote inclusivity in all aspects of life.

These books are an excellent starting point for both neurotypical and neurodiverse people who want to be better allies to their autistic friends, families and neighbors.

The #ActuallyAutistic Guide to AdvocacyThe #ActuallyAutistic Guide to Advocacy takes an in-depth look at the key elements of effective, respectful, inclusive advocacy and allyship. Each step in this guide outlines one vital aspect of advocacy and allyship, such as emphasizing acceptance, avoiding assumptions and assuming competence. 

We're Not Broken– In this powerful examination of autism in America today, author Eric Garcia layers personal interviews alongside hard-hitting reporting. His richly detailed book gives his community a platform to articulate their own needs, rather than having others speak for them, which has been the standard for far too long.

Sincerely, your Autistic Child - This book is a diverse and powerful collection of autistic voices that highlights how parents can avoid common mistakes and misconceptions about their autism diagnosis. Pick this up for insights into how you can help autistic children in your life feel truly accepted, valued, and celebrated for who they are. 

Community Events

Island County Parent-to-Parent Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month BBQ For the Whole Family - April 13, 2024, 11am - 1pm  

Virtual Event hosted by the Washington Autism Alliance: Autistic Burnout vs. Depression with Dr. Hammel and Dr. Kressin - April 25, 2024, 12-1pm

Library Events & Programs

Seattle Public Library presents, “Neurodivergence and Poetry: an All-Levels Community Workshop” with Washington State Poet Laureate Arianne True.

Learn More

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Together, let's embrace diversity, celebrate differences, and promote acceptance – because everyone in our community is welcome in their library!