April is “Autism Awareness Month” in the United States. It is a way to empower autistic individuals and their families. The autism community is calling on all to show acceptance for those afflicted with autism within the community.
Fostering acceptance will ignite change through improved support and opportunities in education, employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services.
“While we will always work to spread awareness, words matter as we strive for autistic individuals to live fully in all areas of life,” says Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. “As many individuals and families affected by autism know, acceptance is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system.”
Autism community advocates across the country have a long-standing history of using the term “acceptance” as a means of more fully integrating those 1 in every 54 Americans living with autism into our social fabric.
This month let’s encourage individuals with autism and their families to live full, quality lives through connection and acceptance.
Colonel Arthur J. Martins
Chief of Police
Pictured from Left to Right, Colonel Arthur Martins, Deputy Chief Alfredo Ruggiero, and Andrew Jacques