Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month

Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication.

Five Fascinating Facts:

  1. Autism spectrum disorder now affects 1 in 36 children. Boys are nearly 4 times more likely than girls to be diagnosed with ASD.
  2. The term stems from the Greek word "autos" meaning "self", so the literal meaning of autism is "alone".
  3. Individuals with autism spectrum disorder have communication deficits. It is important to distinguish between spoken language and social communication deficits. 
  4. Individuals with ASD may be very creative and find a passion and talent for music, theater, art, dance, and singing quite easily.
  5. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that every child with ASD has different skills, challenges, and needs. 


Ted Talks

Television Shows


Extraordinary Attorney Woo- (Netflix) Attorney Woo Young-Woo tackles challenges in the courtroom and beyond as a newbie at a top law firm and as a woman on the autism spectrum. 

Love on the Spectrum- (Netflix) Finding love can be hard for anyone. For young adults on the autism spectrum, exploring the unpredictable world of dating is even more complicated.



Upcoming Events


17th Annual Autism Institute at Gwynedd Mercy University- Saturday, April 6, 8 AM to 4 PM, Free 

Autism Acceptance Day at the Philadelphia Zoo- Sunday, April 21, 10 AM to 4 PM

Cornhole for a Cause- Benefitting CJ's Crew with the Eagles Autism Challenge, Saturday, May 4, The East End, Hatfield

Sensory Friendly Performances- a calendar of events for sensory friendly performances, barbershop visits, and family nights



In celebration of World Autism Day, join the North Penn Community as we shine a light on autism. Wear something that celebrates you and your uniqueness. For more information, check out the links below.