National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month has happened in March every year since 1987. It helps raise awareness of autism and promote acceptance within the community. Children with autism can sometimes feel left out in social situations if they don’t have the right communication skills to interact appropriately with their peers. A behavior analysis program can help children living with autism improve their communication skills and form healthy relationships with peers and family members.
At Camp Worth, we help raise autism awareness by working with teens and their families to better understand autism and the common struggles they face every day. We help children develop their social and life skills so they can lead a happy and more independent life with many options for care, including our behavior analysis program. Find out more about how you can help spread autism awareness during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month by calling Camp Worth at 855.915.2545 or connecting with us online.
What Is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month?
Every year the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) joins forces with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NRRN). These organizations work to create a social media campaign to bring everyone together to create a stronger, more diverse community. It highlights autism and other developmental disabilities to raise awareness about the barriers people with autism and other developmental disabilities face daily within their communities.
It was not that long ago when those with developmental disabilities were cast out and shunned. Even today, there is still an unnecessary stigma on mental health issues within communities all over the country. Children with autism can face teasing and bullying from their peers that can hinder their development. The National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month aims to educate others about autism and how their innocent playtime can have negative repercussions.
A new program of the National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month highlights the art created by men and women living with autism or other developmental disabilities. If your child loves to draw or paint, they can showcase their artwork on their website for everyone to see.
Increasing Autism Awareness Around Your Community
The only way to stamp out some people’s ignorance about mental health disorders is by spreading autism awareness and other developmental disabilities. There are ways to do this within your community during the month of March and all year long.
Some ways that you can help spread autism awareness include:
- Raise awareness through social media with your personal story about autism with the tag #DDAwareness2022.
- Create a blog discussing autism and share information about available programs in your community. Bring attention to anyone going above and beyond to help increase awareness.
- Participate in an annual walk to show your support.
- Wear a National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month yellow and blue ribbon of official clothing.
- Talk about autism with your friends and co-workers.
- Create an online community where others can share their experiences with autism and any local resources that can help.
- Volunteer at organizations such as Best Buddies that dedicate themselves to ending the social, economic, and physical isolation of those with developmental disabilities.
Celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month with Camp Worth
At Camp Worth, our residential autism treatment center helps teen boys and girls aged 11-17 living with autism. Our certified behavioral therapists have experience in working with all levels of autism spectrum disorder and can help improve your child’s life through our treatment programs that include:
- Behavior analysis program
- Food and nutrition program
- Parent autism training program
- Education program
For more information on how you can spread autism awareness during National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, call 855.915.2545 or fill out our online form today to learn more ways you can help.