Autism Acceptance Month

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April is Autism Acceptance Month 

Every single day of the year, the Munroe-Meyer Institute and our community partner, Autism Action Partnership, celebrate individuals on the autism spectrum. But in April, we go BIG! Because April is Autism Acceptance Month, and we think that deserves a little more.

Autism Acceptance Month (April) and World Autism Day (April 2) are a chance to raise awareness for the acceptance and inclusion of individuals on the autism spectrum.

2021 Participation Toolkit

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Web page & toolkit updated on 4-1-2021.

A Shift from Awareness to Acceptance

Widely known as “Autism Awareness Month”, we have shifted our language to match the growing need for acceptance within the autism community. We do aim to increase awareness, but first, let us focus on acceptance.

The Autism Society of America, along with leading disability organizations across the country, including the Administration for Community Living (ACL), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), Autistic Women and Non-Binary Network, Easter Seals, First Place AZ, National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and The Arc support this language shift. Read the article to learn more.


April 1 & 2: Kick-Off

Autism Acceptance on Social

Update your Facebook Profile Photo using our #AutismAcceptanceMonth frame - available on MMI and AAP's Facebook pages

I Spy Contest on Facebook

Look for these digital signs in Omaha on April 1 & 2. Post the location to Facebook for a chance to win!*

Digital billboard: navy background; geometrical colorful shapes along left border; text overlay: Wear blue on April 2    Digital billboard: navy background; geometrical colorful shapes along left border; text overlay: Ask me why I am wearing blue.
*How to play:
1.)
Post the location of the digital sign to Facebook and set the post to ‘Public’ - what’s this?
2.) Tag Us: @MunroeMeyerInstitute  @autismaction.org
3.)
Add: #iSPYcontest #AutismAcceptanceMonth2021 #unmcMMI #AAP
 

Light It Up Blue ON APRIL 2 for World Autism Day

24 Hour Photo Mosaic Contest* on Facebook: How Do YOU 'Light It Up Blue?

Share to Facebook a photo of you, your family, your pet, a statue, stuffed animal, (go ahead - get creative!) wearing blue & sharing a message of autism acceptance – and we will put them all together and share the finished photo!

*How to play:
1.) Post a photo to Facebook and set the post to ‘Public’ - what’s this?
2.) Tag Us: @MunroeMeyerInstitute  @autismaction.org
3.) Add: #LIUBmosaic #AutismAcceptanceMonth2021 #unmcMMI #AAP
4.) Post during the 24 hours of Friday, April 2 (12 a.m. - 11:59 p.m.) 
 

Education, Activities & Fun on April 2 on Facebook

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!

7:30 p.m. on April 2, Bob "Lights It Up Blue" for World Autism Day!

The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is a loyal supporter of ‘lighting blue’ in celebration of autism acceptance! It is still not safe to gather as a group at the bridge as in previous years, but if you are in the area swing by ;) to check out the blue suspension bridge from afar, or up close - just remember to #MaskUp!

Other Landmarks and Businesses that will ‘Light Blue’ on April 2


April 1, 2 & Beyond

Support Local Businesses Who Support Autism Acceptance

The businesses below have accepted our invitation of inclusion for individuals on the autism spectrum. Wear blue and visit them on the dates below. Every person with autism who is accepted means a more united world and every purchase makes an impact on your community!

Celebrate Yourselves, Celebrating!

Uniqueness Unites Us B2B Challenge*

We imagine that you are amazing at whatever it is you do every day and we know your time is limited. We’re so grateful that you’ve joined our autism acceptance campaign, THANK YOU! Our biggest ask for you this month is to Do You and Celebrate That. Sprinkle in a little autism acceptance message (this year's theme is Uniqueness Unites Us!) and you could win a prize for inclusivity team spirit!

*How to play:
1.) Share a photo or recorded message to Facebook of your team at work participating in the 2021 Autism Acceptance Month Uniqueness Unites Us Campaign – don’t forget to celebrate your business or occupation too! - and set the post to ‘Public’ - what’s this?
2.)
Tag Us: @MunroeMeyerInstitute  @autismaction.org
3.)
Add: #B2Bcontest #AutismAcceptanceMonth2021 #unmcMMI #AAP


Be Aware 💙 and Share ↗️

Share a fact, provide an opportunity to interact, or invite others to support autism acceptance.


Social Media

Follow Us & Tag Us in Your Posts!

Facebook:  MunroeMeyerInstitute  |  AutismAction.org
Instagram:  unmc_mmi  |  AutismActionPartnership
Twitter:  unmc_mmi  |  AutismActionAAP

Use Hashtags

#AutismAcceptanceMonth
#AutismAcceptanceMonth2021
#UniquenessUnitesUs
#AAP
#unmcMMI
#LIUB
#LIUB2021

Accessibility tip: DidYouKnow that capitalizing the first letter of each word in a hashtag makes it more accessible for people of all abilities? Learn more.

Sample Posts & Graphics - COMING SOON!

For Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Consider also posting in your Nextdoor Neighborhood app.

At Home - or - At the Office

Jeans Day! Ask your employer to consider supporting your office or team wearing jeans each Friday during April to start a conversation about inclusion and acceptance of individuals with autism.

stock photo: pink faded background with three pairs of canvas tennis shoes propped up against a wall so you can see inside the shoe; text overlay: Jeans Day

Use the Autism Acceptance Virtual Background for Teams or Zoom Meetings! Download the zoom background.

grey background, colored geometrical shapes scattered throughout; UNMC and Autism Action Partnership logos; text overlay: Autism Acceptance Month


Around Omaha

Billboard Photo Contest*

From April 1 – 25, six billboards will spread autism acceptance messages on Omaha streets. Find one, or all, and take a photo (safely, of course!) and post it to Facebook for a chance to win a prize. Remember to tag our social accounts and add our autism acceptance hashtags! Here’s where they’ll be:

*How to play:
1.)
Post a photo of the billboard to Facebook and set the post to ‘Public’ - what’s this?
2.)
Tag Us: @MunroeMeyerInstitute  @autismaction.org
3.)
Add: #BillboardContest #AutismAcceptanceMonth2021 #unmcMMI #AAP


Autism Programs, Services & Supports

Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI), UNMC

6902 Pine Street | Omaha, Nebraska 68106
For more information, email MMI's Community Engagement department

MMI's mission is to lead the world in transforming the lives of all individuals with disabilities and special health care needs, their families and communities through outreach, engagement, premier educational programs, innovative research and extraordinary patient care.

Autism Action Partnership

10110 Nicholas Street, Suite 202 | Omaha, Nebraska 68114
https://autismaction.org  |  Email AAP  |  402-763-8830

AAP's mission is to improve the quality of life of persons on the autism spectrum and their families through education, advocacy and support, thereby enabling them to be an integral part of the community.


Campaign Contacts

Autism Action Partnership: Email Michaela Ahrens
Munroe-Meyer Institute: Email Nicole Hackendahl