Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2020. Usually, the month of April is filled with events, festivals, and community gatherings to celebrate individuals with autism and raise autism awareness. This year, as COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives, Autism Awareness Day looks different. While our traditional celebrations may be cancelled or postponed, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate this important day. To give your family some ways to commemorate Autism Awareness Day, we’ve put together a few ways you can celebrate while practicing social distancing and CDC recommendations.
Light Up Blue
On April 2, it’s customary to wear something blue to support the autism community. This year, make it a family affair! Challenge your family members to wear as much blue as possible. Then, document the day with a family selfie and post it on social media with Trumpet’s hashtag, #TBHgobluechallenge and Autism Speak’s hashtag, #LightItUpBlue .
Share Information Online
One of the main goals of Autism Awareness day is to educate people about what autism is (and isn’t). Luckily, thanks to modern technology, you can still advocate for autism awareness from your home. When you post your #LightItUpBlue photo, include some information about autism. While you’re at it, share some digital resources with your family, your work-from-home team, or your friends.
Plan Sensory-Friendly Activities
Autism Awareness Day celebrates individuals with autism, so celebrate your child with some sensory-friendly, at-home activities! One of the best things about being home is that you can help your child do the things they love in an environment they’re comfortable in. Try out some new art projects or tactile activities that will keep your child engaged and happy. Mix and match individual and family activities to make sure your child doesn’t get too overwhelmed with everyone in the house.
Now that spring is here and the temperatures have warmed up, get outside and get moving! Spend time in the backyard, take a family walk, or find a quiet, outdoor spot. Avoid busy areas, like parks, and make sure to keep away from public playgrounds – this equipment isn’t cleaned often and can spread germs. Avoid frustration for both you and your child by choosing a park with wide open spaces, and make sure to maintain a 6-foot distance between you and other parkgoers.
From our family to yours, Happy Autism Awareness Day! We know the day looks different than in years past, and we understand how difficult this time can be for every family, especially those affected by autism. Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram, where we’ll be sharing more tips for parents and families as we work through this difficult time together.