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Give Back On Autism Awareness Day

April 2nd is Autism Awareness Day. Autism spectrum disorder, to give it its full title, is a developmental disorder that affects how a person interacts with others. It can cause them difficulty in communicating and interacting with others, and can result in restricted interests, and repetitive behaviours. The symptoms of autism can affect every aspect of life, though it is not always obvious when a person is on the spectrum. Autism Awareness Day aims to increase understanding and acceptance for those with autism and to inspire a kinder, more inclusive world.

Give to a Charity That Helps Autistic People

In the spirit of giving for autism day, donate to charities like The Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation. 100% of donations go directly into research for conditions of the brain; like autism, dementia, PTSD, schizophrenia and the wide range of brain problems that many of us face. Research in this field brings much-needed progress in helping those affected to live happier lives.

If you are unable to give money at this time, there are still lots of creative ways you can help those around you, and be an ambassador.

Change Your Attitude Towards People Who Are Different

Autism Awareness Day

Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, resist gossip and judgmental comments and learn to respect the differences in other people. We are all going through difficulties in our lives and you have no way of knowing what others are living with, so try to spread positive thoughts, not unkind words. We are all wonderful, unique individuals and that should be celebrated. Try to treat everyone with patience and understanding.

We must remember this when we chat and comment in forums online. Online bullying and abusive messages can really affect our mental health for the worst. It brings out the lowest qualities in people and causes hurt. Be an anonymous love-ninja, who puts a positive spin on everything posted online and sprinkles joy into each comment you write.

Some people struggle with regular conversations and social interactions. Invite a classmate, or work colleague to join you in a remote 2 player game on your phone, (eg. Scrabble, Draw Something, or Uno Friends). It’s a free and easy way to help someone feel included and loved, when social interaction might usually be difficult for them.

Show your support for Autism Awareness Day by wearing something blue on April 2nd. Check out Autism Speaks for more tips on how to spread awareness and stand up for your autistic brothers and sisters.

Start giving Every Day To Change The World

Ready to start giving every day? Ready to make the world a happier place? Try our 356give Challenge with one week of giving and see how you change your own mental health, and that of others. One small give each day will make you feel happier and put a smile on other people’s faces!



What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)