The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Honors World Autism Awareness Day

Posted by Carleigh Blaylock
April 2, 2021 is World Autism Awareness Day! The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Emory & Henry College wants to offer their support and care to the Autism community and our siblings experiencing Autism. We fully embrace and understand that part of the job of DEI to create inclusive workspaces and learning spaces that allow all neurodivergent students, faculty and staff to be supported, celebrated and uplifted as they work, learn and create.
The Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, typically appearing during childhood and affecting a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others (Autism Society). Autism presents differently in different people and, although there are similarities, everyone’s experience with Autism is different. Today is a good day to challenge our assumptions about Autism and be open to learning about how our friends and family with Autism move through the world.
For some persons experiencing Autism, today day is the start of a month-long campaign to bring awareness, acceptance and understanding to persons who live with Autism - their experiences, their stories, their successes and their needs. This day is an opportunity for all of us to act on behalf of individuals with Autism and lobby for more services and equal treatment. It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves so we can be better friends, coworkers and allies.
People experiencing Autism are worthy of our respect, support and allyship. We ask that you join the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and celebrating and uplifting voices from the Autism community today and offering support to our neurodivergent friends and family today and everyday!
Resources:
  • World Autism Awareness Day photo

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