People living with autism to share experiences on panel
From awareness to acceptance, autism advocacy is evolving
April 14, 2021
Moving from basic awareness to understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is the central theme of Autism Acceptance Month in April. In keeping with that theme, the Minnesota Department of Human Services invites people with ASD − as well as their friends, families and advocates − to attend a virtual panel discussion where adults on the autism spectrum will share stories about their lived experiences and answer questions.
The panel discussion is free and will take place Tuesday, April 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. The panelists will discuss:
• Experiences growing up.
• Autism acceptance.
• Advocating effectively.
• Resources and recommendations.
More information and a link to the event are available on the DHS website.
Anyone who wants to learn more about ASD services and supports should visit the Minnesota Autism Resource Portal. A collaborative effort by multiple state agencies, it provides information on housing, education, early intervention, health care, home and community-based services, employment and more.
The number of individuals who have ASD is now estimated to be 1 in 54 in the U.S., and autism is the fastest-growing developmental disability. ASD may be diagnosed as early as 18 to 24 months, but also at any age. People with ASD may exhibit different verbal and nonverbal communication and social interaction styles. They may also exhibit repetitive patterns of behavior, interests or activities. These characteristics are, however, more noticeable in some people than in others. ASD occurs in all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.