Autism Acceptance Month

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Previously known as Autism Awareness Month, advocacy groups are shifting the language from awareness to acceptance in order to focus on celebrating diversity instead of finding a “cure” for autism. Many people with autism feel it is part of who they are and eliminating the stigma that comes with it is more important. The Autism ribbon is also changing from a ribbon made out of puzzle pieces to a multi-color infinity loop. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is truly a wide spectrum and each individual with autism is unique. It is important to remember that everyone communicates in different ways and that it is something to celebrate. 

You can read more about Autism and Autism Acceptance Month at
Person First Language

At Main Stay we strive to use person first language. Here is a section about person first language taken from our volunteer handbook: 

Speaking In Person-First Language What & Why

Person First Language shows respect to people living with disabilities. Person First Language is important because it honors the fact a person is not defined by the label of their diagnosis. We ask that you please practice using Person First Language when discussing persons with disabilities both at Main Stay and in your everyday life. It is important that all people are regarded with equal respect, regardless of ability or diagnosis.

Say “people with disabilities” rather than “the disabled.”
Say “person with a disability” rather than “disabled person.”

Still, individuals do have their own preferences. If you are not sure what words to use, ask. The following are considered outdated terms:

  • handicapped
  • crippled
  • retarded

Be aware that many people with disabilities dislike terms like “physically challenged” and “differently abled.” Say “person who uses a wheelchair” rather than “confined to a wheelchair” or “wheelchair bound.” The wheelchair is what enables the person to get around and participate in society; it’s typically liberating, not confining. The word “challenged” is particularly common but is not favored by individuals with disabilities.

Think of it in terms of we all have our own challenges, but wouldn’t like the world to label us by them. With any disability, avoid negative, disempowering words, like “victim” or “sufferer.” Say “person with AIDS” instead of “AIDS victim” or “person who suffers from AIDS.”

Holidays | Celebrations | Awareness Days
April 2nd
Palm Sunday: (Christian) A feast celebrating Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and is celebrated the Sunday before Easter. 

April 6th
Passover: (Jewish) A seven day pilgrimage festival celebrating the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt. 

Maundy Thursday: (Christian) Commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ. 

April 7th
Good Friday: (Christian) Commemorates the crucifixion and death of Jesus. 

April 9th
Easter Sunday: (Christian) Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on the third day of his burial. 

April 16th
Orthodox Easter: (Orthodox Christian) Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead on the first Sunday after the first full moon after Passover.

April 17th
Laylat ul-Qadr: (Islam) The Night of Power, when the Quran was sent from heaven and revealed to Muhammed. 

April 18th
Yom HaShoah: (Jewish) Holocaust Remembrance Day, remembering those who were murdered during the holocaust as well as the survivors and rescuers. 

April 21st
Eid al-Fitr: (Islam) Marks the end of the fasting for Ramadan.

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