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Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month at Make Studio (US)

22 April 2016

Since the early 1970s, April has been recognized as Autism Awareness Month and, more recently, it has been additionally or alternatively celebrated as Autism Acceptance Month.

 

Written by Jill E. Scheibler, Art Therapist and founding member of Make Studio.

 

Since the early 1970s, April has been recognized as Autism Awareness Month and, more recently, it has been additionally or alternatively celebrated as Autism Acceptance Month.

 

In his official proclamation for this year’s World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd, President Obama observed:

“From home to school and in businesses and
communities around the world, people living with
autism spectrum disorder contribute in
immeasurable ways to our society. They remind
us each day that every person is born with unique
talents and should be treated with respect, play
an active role in planning for their futures, and
feel empowered to fully participate in and
contribute to their communities. When those with
autism have access to equal opportunities, we all
do better, and that begins with making sure our
country lives up to its commitment to ensure all
things are possible for all people.”

 

All of us at Make Studio could not agree more with those sentiments. Even since our founding, by two art therapists – myself and Cathy Goucher, and graphic designer/social worker Stefan Bauschmid, we have embraced an obligation to promote the interests and talents of individuals with disabilities, towards the ends of improving quality of life for all people. For Make Studio’s creative community of artists and staff, autism awareness and acceptance is on our minds 365 days a year.

 

You can read more here: http://multibriefs.com/briefs/aata/informed040616.pdf