Autism Society of Hawaii Celebrates Differences and Autism Acceptance Month

Aloha Tower to light up in blue throughout April

(April 1, 2021, HONOLULU, HAWAII) – This April, the Autism Society of Hawaii (ASH) celebrates differences as it works to build an inclusive society where individuals with autism live fully through connection and acceptance. ASH joined the effort to advocate for the designation of April as Autism Acceptance Month, a shift from the commonly used phrase “Autism Awareness Month.”

“The need for acceptance is greater than ever, as we strive for autistic individuals to live fully in all areas of life,” said Dennis Maher, ASH President. “Many individuals and organizations recognize April as “Autism Acceptance Month” and this year we’re so pleased that our state and local leaders have made this designation official.”

Both Governor David Ige and Hawaii Island Mayor Mitch Roth have proclaimed April as Autism Acceptance Month.

In building on the momentum for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and become more inclusive in everyday life, Aloha Tower will be lit up in blue throughout the month.

ASH understands the importance of fostering acceptance to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in inclusive education, competitive employment, accessible housing, affordable health care, and comprehensive long-term services and supports. ASH is proud to be taking part in the #CelebrateDifferences campaign, which is designed to build awareness of the realities of autism. #CelebrateDifferences encourages individuals with autism and their families to live full, quality lives through connection and acceptance.

In the United States, the autism prevalence rate has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 54 in 2021. Learn more about autism supports in Hawaii and how you can #CelebrateDifferences by visiting autismsocietyofhawaii.org.

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The Autism Society of Hawaii has been serving Hawaii’s families since 1992. Its mission is to improve the lives of all affected by autism and work to develop opportunities for those on the spectrum so that they can reach their highest potential. ASH provides advocacy, education, information and referral, support, and the community at national, state, and local levels through our strong nationwide network of affiliates through The Autism Society of America. Reach ASH at (808) 342-0364 or email info@autismhi.org.

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Photo borrowed for one day from Hawaii News Now (HNN) – Retrieved on April 1, 2021, from https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/01/22/aloha-tower-be-illuminated-blue-honor-fallen-officers/. Mahalo.