Moving from Awareness to Acceptance

At the Autism Society of North Carolina, we focus on acceptance and inclusion, not just awareness. We want people with autism, and their families, to feel welcomed in their communities.

We want people to know about autism’s challenges, so they can be more accommodating. But we also want them to know how their lives can be better when they include people with autism. People with autism have much to teach us, and they have unique gifts that can make our communities a better place to live for all of us.

Click below for all the ways you can get involved!

Share your photos: If you complete any of these (or your own ideas), please share photos and videos through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest with #A2AforAutism! Tell us about your loved one’s unique gifts, or share a photo of you with a friend who has autism. We’ll share the photos, too!

 

Let’s create accepting communities

Join us at WAAAD

World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day is one of our favorite days at Camp Royall! You’re invited to the party!

 

Share on
Social Media

 

Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Promote acceptance with the hashtag #A2AforAutism and tag us!

Show Your Support

Our new T-shirts and magnets will help you spread the message around town and start conversations

 

Learn about Autism

 

What is autism? What are people with autism like? Watch this video to hear answers from some kids and young adults on the spectrum.

Learn How to
Be a Friend

In this video, three middle-school friends, one of whom has autism, talk about friendship and how we can all be a friend to someone with autism.

 

Read, Learn,
and Teach

 

The ASNC Bookstore staff and our Autism Resource Specialists picked some titles just for you on awareness and being a friend

 

Donate to Support Families

 

The Lifetime Together Campaign provides opportunities for you to fund scholarships for camp, respite, workshops and more

 

Join a Chapter or Support Group

 

Find a welcoming community of your own with an ASNC Chapter or Support Group. Take a leadership role to support other families

Run/Walk for Autism

Invite your friends and family to join you at one of our events and gather donations to support individuals with autism and their families

 

Use these ideas in schools, faith communities, and clubs

 

Classroom Exercises

 

Give elementary or middle school students a chance to experience the perspective of individuals with autism and increase their empathy

 

Bulletin Boards & Posters

 Hold a poster contest! Put up bulletin boards! Send students on a hunt! We have easy ideas and a list of age-appropriate facts

Teach with Videos

Use the two videos above to spark discussion about autism and how to be a friend to someone with autism

Coloring Sheets

Younger children can use their creativity to decorate these sheets with positive messages about autism awareness and acceptance

Word Search

Elementary-school children will have fun looking for these words associated with autism awareness and acceptance

Peer Programs

Want to make a long-term difference? Team up individuals with autism and their neuro-typical peers

Get the Facts

Pick from facts categorized by the age of the audience. Use in lessons, or consider a “fact of the day” for morning announcements.

Workshops

Teachers, want to learn more? Check out the upcoming trainings by ASNC staff or contact us to arrange one for your staff

 

Parties & Appreciation Events

 

Who doesn’t love a party? Help your students plan one for the AU class. Ask PTAs to have an event for AU staff.