Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Autism Awareness...Autism Education...Autism Acceptance

April is Autism Awareness Month! With the rate of autism diagnoses increasing (see CNN's recent article and video of noted autistic Temple Grandin), it stands to reason that we will continue to see more and more students on campus with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnoses in the coming years, as well as encounter more individuals on the spectrum in the workplace. Autism Awareness Month is a time for those who are affected by ASD to shine a light on it so others might not just become aware, but educate themselves and better learn to accept those individuals on the spectrum.

Baron-Forness Library has a wonderful collection of materials on a variety of topics concerning ASD, for both research and personal education. Whether you are a student who anticipates working with children or adults on the spectrum, an instructor who currently teaches students on the spectrum, a parent or family member of someone on the spectrum, or simply interested in learning more about ASD, join us this month as we celebrate Autism Awareness, Education, and Acceptance. You can view our display of some of the titles found in our collection on the 2nd floor near the elevators, as well as common autism myths debunked throughout the entire library. And keep a lookout for faculty and staff rocking their Autism Awareness ribbons all month as we demonstrate our acceptance of students on the spectrum, as well as our support for those students who will go on to work with individuals with ASD in the future.

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