April is Autism Acceptance Month!

Graphic of an alligator made of puzzle pieces with the words "Promote Autism Acceptance" above it and the words 'University of Florida Center for Autism and Related Disabilities' below it and a rainbow infinity sign below itWe are joining many other organizations including the Autism Society of America in the shift from “Autism Awareness Month” to “Autism Acceptance Month”. Part of our mission here at UF CARD is to provide public education/awareness, but we feel that the terminology needs to reflect what our true mission has always been…to help individuals on the spectrum be fully included in society.
This has been reflected in our Philosophy and Policies since our founding in 1993:

CARD is founded on the strong belief that:

  • All individuals, regardless of their abilities or disabilities, have the right to live as full participants in society.
  • All people have the right to be treated with dignity and understanding.
  • People with disabilities are members of families. All families have strengths and capacities and have the right to be treated with sensitivity and respect, and as integral members of a person’s system of support.
  • People with autism and related disabilities have the right to be regarded as individuals who need services and supports that are based on their unique characteristics.
Follow our Facebook page for giveaways, information about events, a t-shirt fundraiser, and highlights of organizations that are promoting autism acceptance.
Join us this month and year round in Promoting Autism Acceptance!