DATE CHANGE: Moved from April 2 to October 2020 in celebration of Autism Awareness Month!
We want to spread the word that it’s cool to be accepting of everyone, and you can help us! We’re excited to launch Be Cool for Autism for a second year! Be Cool for Autism is a province-wide campaign aimed to help raise autism awareness and autism acceptance while raising funds for ASNL.
Be Cool for Autism encourages students, teachers, and workplaces to wear their sunglasses for a day! We’re asking individuals to wear their sunglasses, make a donation and share their best selfie or group photo with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter by using the hashtag #BeCoolForAutism and tagging us @AutismSocietyNL.
How can you take part in Be Cool for Autism?
This part is really simple.
- Wear sunglasses at school, work, or in the community
- Make a donation to Autism Society, Newfoundland & Labrador
- Don’t forget to post a picture of yourself and/or your group with your sunglasses on social media using #BeCoolForAutism and tag us @AutismSocietyNL
What do I need?
Just some sunglasses and a positive attitude. After all, it’s cool to be accepting of everyone!
What if I don’t have sunglasses?
This is also totally cool as we have created a graphic that can be downloaded here. Many groups are choosing this route so everyone’s glasses are the same. You can even colour them or design them however you want!
Where can I donate my money?
Fundraised money can be donated online here or in person to any of the four Autism Society, Newfoundland and Labrador offices.
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Questions about autism?– We’ve got you covered!
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them. People with autism may see, hear and feel the world differently than other people. Individuals do not outgrow their diagnosis, however, many therapies and interventions have a proven ability to improve outcomes.
Autism is a spectrum condition that presents differently among individuals, but involves similar behaviours and characteristics that are expressed to varying degrees. These are typically related to communication, social interaction, executive function, and sensory processing.
How common is Autism Spectrum Disorder?
According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (2018), the prevalence of autism is 1 in 66 for children and youth in Canada. In Newfoundland & Labrador specifically the rate is 1 in 57; the highest reported in the country.
What does Autism Spectrum Disorder look like?
Autism can be tricky for people to ‘see’ as it does not have a physical presentation.
How should I speak to someone with Autism Spectrum Disorder?
You should treat someone with autism the same way you would treat anyone; with kindness and acceptance. For some people the processing time in a conversation may be longer which means you may need to be a little patient and provide the person with extra time to process what you have said/asked and respond. It’s best to follow the person’s lead when it comes to their communication preferences.
Understand that some crowded or overstimulating environments may be difficult for people with autism. Acknowledging the stress a person can experience in certain contexts can go a long way in creating a more inclusive community.