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Lincoln – The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recognizes April as Autism Awareness Month, known as Autism Acceptance Month since 2021 to ignite change and acceptance in the lives of individuals with autism, their families, and their communities.
“Autism is a developmental disability that can cause social, communication, and behavioral challenges in both children and adults," said Tony Green, the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities at DHHS. “Autism Acceptance Month is important because awareness is not enough. I urge all Nebraskans to include individuals with autism in your community activities, provide opportunities for them to learn new skills, and help them develop a sense of connection and acceptance within their community."
In 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that approximately one in 44 children was diagnosed with autism in the United States. Early intervention allows the best opportunity to support healthy development and improve learning, communication, and social skills throughout their lifespan.
Here are some ways to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month:
Autism resources in Nebraska: