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What Autism Awareness Month Means to Me

CIP Berkshire AA Walk

As part of Autism Awareness Month this year we asked CIP students from all of our centers to tell us why awareness is important to them. We hope you find their answers empowering and enlightening.

Tai - Autism Awareness MonthWhy Society Needs All Kinds of Different Minds
by Tai B, CIP Berkshire
Odd. Different. Unique. These three words have defined each one of us who are disabled or who are also on the autism spectrum. There is so much stigma in our society today against people like us who are what society calls “disabled”, but instead, I believe “different” is the correct term for us individuals. That term, unlike disabled, allows people to understand that even if we have our differences, we also have so much to offer to society. In other words, I firmly believe in the philosophy of bringing awareness for neurodiversity, or this basic principle that being different, not just on the spectrum, does not limit anyone of us. Society needs to emphasize that different allows all people to be gifted with many talents that enables each one of us to see the world differently. The differences in each one of us, no matter what our difference is, society can benefit from these talents and gifts we are all given so that this world can become a better place for society. Read more…


Dan PThe Importance of Autism Awareness Month
by Dan P, CIP Brevard
To me, Autism Awareness Month each April helps bring to light differences that people have… but also how those differences can be strengths. And hopefully through public and media efforts, the community can begin to overcome stigmas and stereotypes associated with autism and Asperger’s syndrome. As someone who was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age 2, it is my hope that others will get to know me and my strengths rather than make judgments based on preconceived notions. Read more…


SophiaKWhether we like it or not, we’re stuck with autism, and with this event we could find a cure for it and possibly make the world a better place. – Sophia K, CIP Berkshire


MattVAutism awareness month means a lot to me. It means giving people the information so they can better understand about the struggles of a person dealing with autism. It means breaking through the commonly held myths and stereotypes about autism so people can understand who I really am. It is bringing about awareness that it is a spectrum syndrome that people on it can be from very low-functioning to almost neurotypical and everything in between. It means that people in society can understand me more with this information. Being at the College Internship Program, I now understand that I am not the only one dealing with this difference and it has given me confidence that I can succeed in this world.  – Matt V, CIP Berkshire

CIP Bloomington

Students at CIP Bloomington respond:

“It means being aware that people with autism have challenges like social skills, patience, and dealing with changes.” – Rachel

“People think that people on the spectrum don’t have feelings for others.” – Marina

“Autism awareness means celebrating who we are. Also it means we are visible. It means that we can do things neuro-typicals can do, even if it’s a bit different. It means to break down the stigma of autism.” – Jacky

“Some of the biggest, most influential people in the history of civilization had autism. Instead of seeing autism as being a negative thing characterized by difficulties in social situations and relationships, they saw autism as a gift and used their unique abilities to bring new ideas and inventions to an ever accepting world. Autism awareness means understanding. ”- Parker

“It means being aware of autism and people with autism.” – Joey

“Autism awareness means showing that you support people on the spectrum. It helps people know what it is like.” – Joe B

“Being aware of autism and understanding the limitations and challenges people with autism can have. To me it means having trouble communicating what I want at times.” – Nathan

“It means getting rid of stigma, showing that autism is a growing problem in our country. I’ve dealt with the stigma that comes with being autistic and I’d hate to see others with the same problems go through with that.” – Jon

This has been a special needs program update from Asperger’s & LD College Programs. You may also click here to read the original article on the main program website.