Autism Awareness month is in April and it is coming quickly! It is time now to discuss how you will celebrate it at your school. Celebrations should focus on acceptance, as well as awareness. Everyone is your school is probably aware of your students, but it is time to move toward acceptance. Here are some things we do at our school for Autism Awareness Month.
- Each year we order autism shirts for our staff to wear throughout the month of April. We like to order from this site: Work Place Pro. They make everything easy and they also have a shared order page. There is no need to collect money from staff- they pay themselves online.
- My team creates a slide show or movie showing pictures of our autism students. We present this at a staff meeting and highlight some successes our students have had throughout the year. Staff members always enjoy this and they are able to see all the amazing things our students can do!
- Our librarian puts together a collection of books about autism and leaves in on a shelf. They are all in one place and easily accessible for teachers to grab. We encourage teachers to read one of these books to their students during a class meeting.
- Our autism team chooses 2-3 classes to visit and discuss autism with the class. How do you do this? I wrote a blog post about how to do this here.
- Add a bulletin board to a hallway that is very prominent. We used this bulletin board set from Mrs. D’s Corner last year. We have also used this resource from The Autism Helper. It includes an interactive display with true/false questions about autism.
- Check out this freebie to use during your class visits or you can give to teachers to do with their students. It is a writing prompt about how to be a good friend to a student with autism. There are different writing prompts based on the grade level of the students.
How do you celebrate Autism Awareness Month at your school? Leave a comment 🙂