April is Autism Awareness Month

Today marks the start of World Autism Month with United Nations sanctioning World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd.

Throughout the month, people focus on sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase the understanding and acceptance of people with autism, fostering worldwide support.

Autism has a spectrum of colors to represent individuals with autism to show that they are unique and have a variety of strengths and challenges.

This year’s theme is ‘Light it up for Kindness.’ Many businesses and homes in the area will light blue lights to recognize those with autism.

Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities Board Certified Behavior Analyst Katelyn Martin tells News 25 why it is so important to bring awareness to those with autism. “We definitely like to bring awareness for our kids and our families. You know a lot of times people see kids out in public and they just are curious and they wonder what’s what and what’s going on and we like to make sure that the public has a good understanding, not only awareness but acceptance of our kids and their struggles and their strengths too. Everything is not always negative. Our kids have a lot of stuff going for them and we like to make sure everybody knows about that.”

The Mississippi Center for Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities is bringing awareness by decorating, selling shirts, and giving out candy apples and cupcakes to their patients and family members.

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