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Autism Acceptance month is focused on increasing understanding and acceptance of those in the autistic community. Join us in celebrating and supporting their unique differences. Below are local resources for family, friends and students of those in the autistic community.

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), hereafter referred to as Autism (which includes Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified [PDD-NOS]), is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that typically appears during early childhood and can impact a person’s social skills, communication, relationships, and self-regulation. The Autism experience is different for everyone. It is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is often referred to as a “spectrum condition” that affects people differently and to varying degrees.

While there is currently no known single cause of Autism, early diagnosis helps a person receive resources that can support the choices and opportunities needed to live fully.

Resources

Autism friendly events in Connecticut

  • Sensory-friendly Performances, Goodspeed Musicals, East Haddam CT

  • Hands-on Lego Sculpture Workshop, The Bushnell, Hartford CT

  • Sensory Day at Imagine Nation, Bristol CT

  • Sensory Friendly Days, Connecticut Science Center, Hartford CT

  • My Way Matinee, Regal Cinemas, Waterford CT

  • Evening for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic CT

State of Connecticut Resources 

  • Summer camps and programs, indoor & outdoor fun, places to visit and more!

Videos

Elmo’s Rules: How to Be a Good Friend to Kids with Autism 

Neurodiversity: The Key that Unlocked My World | Elisabeth Wiklander

Books & Blogs

15 Great Children’s Books About Autism

From Awareness to Acceptance: 10 Children's Books that Accurately Portray what it is to be Autistic 

 

The Autism Hub

  • The Autism Hub is a central point for blogs about autism from autistic people, family members, and students/professionals. It’s a great place to find many frequently updated links to original blogging with a diversity of perspective and interests.