April is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Autism affects 1 in 68 children and prevalence figures have continued to grow every year. On average, autism costs a family $60,000 a year, and there is currently no medical detection for a cure.
While many are aware of autism’s prevalence, showing your support and acceptance is a great way to get involved, especially during the month of April. Rochester Institute of Technology has a large population of students who fall on the autism spectrum, and our team here at Behind the Bricks has compiled a list of ways you can get involved.
This is one of the simplest ways to get involved in the initiative to increase autism awareness. Throughout the month of April, wearing blue is a good way to not only show your support, but to spark a conversation about autism!
Walk for Autism
There are various walks you can attend, all with the same goal: supporting autism awareness. While Rochester’s walk does not take place during the month of April, it is still an awesome way to show your support. This year, the walk is set to take place on September 23. Sponsored by Autism Speaks, you can register and/or donate here: http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/NewYorkState?fr_id=3025&pg=entry.
As mentioned, Rochester Institute of Technology has quite a large population of students who fall on the autism spectrum. Because of this, our campus is packed with programs and initiatives to create awareness and make the college transition for students on the spectrum go as smoothly as possible. One of RIT’s most prominent initiatives on campus is the Spectrum Support Program. With the goal and mission of positively impacting students’ college experiences, the program places an emphasis on academic, social, and career success. With countless resources available, the Spectrum Support Program is definitely worth checking out: https://www.rit.edu/~w-ssp/.
Join RIT Best Buddies
If you are interested in supporting autism on a one-on-one basis, RIT Best Buddies is a good choice for you. Best Buddies is an international, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to establishing friendships, integrating employment, and promoting leadership for individuals with developmental disabilities. RIT’s branch of this international organization meets once a month on Sundays in room 1829 in the Student Alumni Union. Best Buddies at RIT hold various fundraisers and events to engage the student body, and promote one-on-one friendships. Interested in joining or attending a meeting? You can find the organization on The Link: https://thelink.rit.edu/organization/bestbuddies.
Whether you want to walk, donate, join a club, or wear blue, there are endless ways to get involved in supporting autism awareness throughout the month of April. Rochester Institute of Technology is a strong supporter of autism and students who fall on the spectrum, so make sure to check out the endless ways you can get involved!