This year's event on Facebook:
Autism Acceptance Day and Month 2017 !!!
See below for the original links for Autism Acceptance Day. We started in 2011. The second year, we changed to April 2 as the official date. Although the event started out as Autism Acceptance Day, by the 2nd day in 2011, the logo had been changed to Autism Acceptance Month, thanks to people who wrote in and to Amy Gould Caraballo, who updated the logo very quickly. The second year, several organizations and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts also declared April to be Autism Acceptance Month. This year, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network has started an Autism Acceptance Month initiative as well.
The links to 2011 and 2012 below are for historical purposes only, so don't sign up on those (not sure you can, actually).
In 2011, over 1,213 people signed up! In 2012, at least 1351 people signed up. And, in 2013, we have 611 people signed up as of April 1st. Typically, we get hundreds of people ON the day, but feel free to join NOW!
Autism Acceptance Day 2011 (the first year of AAD!)
The oldest links here, from 2011-2013, no longer work. I will keep them here for historical purposes, and have moved the order from most recent to the first one in 2011. No sense in clicking on links that do not work.
2016 Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/215637048774719/
2015 Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/640472342746324/
2014 Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/606848292702386/
2013 Facebook event link: Autism Acceptance Day and Month 2013
(Oldest ones below).
On April 2, 2011, we changed the name to Autism Acceptance Month. Here's a screen capture. The following year, we started using International Autism Acceptance Year, 2012-2013. By "we," I mean people who were having the discussion and wanting it to not just be a day, week, month, or year.
Current calls are for DECADE. IAAD is therefore:
International Autism Acceptance Decade, 2010-2020
This makes practical and chronological sense, since this decade is witnessing huge changes, propelled by Autistic activists, in the dialogue about autism. No longer are we passive "recipients" and subjects of other people's conversations about us; we are agents in our own right, and we are changing our part of the world.
Facebook event-Autism Acceptance Day (2011)
Facebook event- Autism Acceptance Day and Month 2012- The Original Event
"Autism Acceptance Day 2013 (this year!)" (or so I said at the time...) Facebook event- Autism Acceptance Day 2013