April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

Date posted March 25, 2020

The Transition into Adulthood

The United Nations has declared April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day.

The theme for 2020 is: The Transition into Adulthood

From the United Nations website:

Becoming an adult is typically equated with becoming a full and equal participant in the social, economic and political life of one’s community. However, the transition to adulthood remains a significant challenge for persons with autism because of the lack of opportunities and support devoted to this phase of their life. As a result, the completion of high school, when education and other supported services provided by some governments tend to cease, has often been likened to “falling off a cliff”.

The 2020 United Nations observance of the Day draws attention to issues of concern related to the transition to adulthood, such as the importance of participation in youth culture and the community self-determination and decision-making, access to post-secondary education and employment, and independent living.

Window Walk for World Autism Awareness Day

Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day with a PUZZLE PIECE WINDOW WALK!

During the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across the world are finding ways to connect with one another. One way is through window walks, where people post pictures on their windows based on various themes. People can walk around their neighborhoods (at a safe social distance) and look at the themed window displays.

On April 2, we’re asking you to post puzzle pieces on your windows to support and celebrate Autism Awareness and Acceptance.

Help us spread the word by sharing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/503960633630763/

We’ve posted some puzzle pieces below for you to use. Click HERE for more puzzle piece templates.

Feel free to create your own as well!