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Autism Acceptance Month

During this Autism Acceptance Month, we embrace neurodiversity, or the idea that people experience and interact with the world around them in many ways. From this perspective, differences are not viewed as deficits and there is no one “right” way of thinking, learning, and behaving. By recognizing and accommodating the unique strengths and challenges of all individuals, adult educators can ensure their teaching methods to better meet diverse needs, promoting equity and accessibility. 

Embracing autism acceptance not only promotes a sense of belonging for students with autism but also encourages understanding and respect among peers, creating a supportive community where everyone can thrive. That said, what is the difference between awareness and acceptance during this month of recognition? Christopher Banks, president, and CEO of The Autism Society of America explained to USA Today in 2022, “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.” By embracing autism acceptance in adult education classrooms, we foster an environment where all learners are valued for their individuality and empowered to reach their full potential. Learn more about autism.