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Autism Awareness on the Neighborhood

autism society poster with a red blue teal and yellow painted handApril is Autism Awareness Month! Join us as we celebrate our friends and neighbors with autism. You can make a difference! Here on the Neighborhood, we’re celebrating Autism Awareness Month with a round-up of resources on autism for providers and families:

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disabilities magazinesThe First Words Project at Florida State University has developed a series of free resources for families of children 0-3 to help parents better understand and support their child’s development. Parents and providers can download and print checklists and information related to topics like communication, early intervention, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. All resources are available in both Spanish and English, and the Communication Checklist is also available in Portuguese and Canadian French. There is also a curated list of websites of possible interest to families of young children. To access these resources, visit the First Words Project webpage at

To learn more about the First Words Project, visit

This resource is related to one or more competencies in the ICC-Recommended Early Start Personnel Manual (ESPM). To find out more, visit this resource in the Neighborhood here.

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World Autism Awareness Day

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Today is World Autism Awareness Day! Beginning in 2008, the United Nations recognized April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day, "to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of those with autism so they can lead full and meaningful lives as an integral part of society." The Autism Society of America has some ideas for how you can celebrate today, and throughout Autism Awareness Month:

To see other special occasions we've celebrated on the Neighborhood, check out:

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