What is Your Definition of Autism?

As you may know, a new edition of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) is coming out in May with changes to the definitions of certain disorders on the autism spectrum which is used by medical professionals, government agencies and insurers. There has been much talk about what this will mean to individuals and their families when it comes to obtaining a diagnosis and receiving services. But during Autism Awareness Month in April, The Arc and Autism NOW would like to refocus the conversation on the individuals living with autism day to day and ask:  What is Your Definition of Autism?  What does the word autism really mean to you on a personal and individual level?

This April, we invite you to join us in raising awareness about what autism really means. If you are not already familiar with Autism NOW, The National Autism Resource & Information Center, visit for a wealth of high-quality, reliable information designed specifically individuals on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities, their families and others who care about them. Autism NOW is a project of The Arc funded in part by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

And here is how YOU can participate in furthering the conversation during Autism Awareness Month be sure to jump in with your thoughts and feelings on what the definition of autism is to you and share with everyone you know using the hashtag #AutismAware:

  • Follow and comment on The Arc on Facebook hashtag #AutismAware
  • Follow and comment on Autism NOW on Facebook
  • Post this as your status on Facebook at least once during April: April is Autism Awareness Month. Help me celebrate the contributions of people on the autism spectrum by copying and posting this as your status during April. Get more information at #AutismAware
  • Tweet this out on Twitter at least once during April: April is Awareness Month. Foster respect, access and inclusion for all. PLS share! #AutismAware
  • Read The Arc and Autism NOW blogs
  • Join The Arc online community
  • Sign up to receive Autism NOWs Prism e-newsletter

For more information, contact Abigail Eaves, Director of Programs, 978-373-0552 ext. 207

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