World Autism Awareness Month
On April 2nd, people around the globe unite to celebrate the annual World Autism Awareness Day, now its 12th year. On this day and throughout all of April, hundreds of thousands of diverse backgrounds connect over a common goal: to increase understanding, acceptance and support of those living with autism. This effort is demonstrated through many symbolic displays, such as wearing blue clothing, shining blue lights on landmarks, and other creative applications of the colour. Other initiatives include story sharing, social media campaigns, community events, fundraisers and educational programs. We are proud to be a part of this international community.
How You Can Support the ASD Community
Dedicated to providing support to families with autism every day of the year, Jake’s House is using the hashtag #JH365 as well as #JakesHouseCharity this month. We are also encouraging the community to remain engaged beyond April-here are a few ways you can get involved:
- Give a Little Bit: contribute to the 20-month Jake’s House campaign, designed to raise awareness, encourage volunteerism and grow our reach of support.
- Become a mentor: offer a bit of your time and share meaningful experiences with a child on the spectrum, encouraging them to feel a sense of belonging and to improve their social skills.
- Become a volunteer: if you’re interested in lending your time and talents to support the cause, we will find a place for you at Jake’s House.
- Make a one-time donation-or offer a monthly contribution: all funds go toward the Legends Mentoring Program and Holiday Parties for families living with autism.
- Contact us: we love collaborating with members of our community and finding new ways to help, so please feel free to reach out with any ideas you may have.