Autism Awareness Month, observed in April every year, is a global effort to increase awareness and promote understanding of autism and people who are neurodivergent. The aim of the month-long campaign is to encourage people to learn more about autism, its signs and symptoms, and the challenges faced by individuals on the spectrum and their families.
The importance of Autism Awareness Month cannot be overstated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 54 children in the United States is diagnosed with some form of autism. Despite its prevalence, there is still a lot of misunderstanding and stigma surrounding autism. Many people still believe in outdated myths and stereotypes about autism, which can lead to discrimination and exclusion of those on the spectrum. By raising awareness about autism, we can promote a more inclusive and accepting society that values neurodiversity and recognizes the unique strengths and challenges of individuals with ASD.
For Autism Awareness Month, Senior Vice President of Learning, Development and Diversity, Jose Cruz, sat down with Lisa Cordaro as she shared her journey as a parent of twins who are neurodivergent, what this month means to her, and the benefits towards education that Autism Awareness Month allows for millions around the world.
Watch his full interview with Lisa below: