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April is Autism Awareness Month

Disability Network of Mid-Michigan is proud join the Autism Society of America in celebrating National Autism Awareness Month (NAAM). This year's theme, "Celebrate Differences," is designed to build a better awareness of the signs, symptoms, and realities of autism.#CelebrateDifferences focuses on providing information and resources for communities to be more aware of autism, promote acceptance, and be more inclusive in everyday life.

The prevalence of autism in the United States has risen from 1 in 125 children in 2010 to 1 in 59 in 2020. Recognizing this continued increase, the goal for NAAM is to further increase awareness about autism signs, symptoms and opportunities through: information and referrals, events, printable and digital resources, and community partnerships with businesses and organizations dedicated to building inclusive experiences.

Now more than ever, we need to come together to support each other, and remember our most vulnerable populations. The global pandemic has greatly affected efforts to host events celebrating NAAM, from fundraisers, support walks, and even sensory-friendly showings at theaters. But, you can still make a difference. You can click here to Take The Pledge to spread autism awareness, promote acceptance and ignite change! 

sensory tote bag for dow diamond featuring heart with different colored puzzle pieces and the logos of midland noon rotary, the ARC of Midland, the Great Lakes Loons and Disability Network

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each and every one of us. One of the many things affected is the minor league baseball season, which for those of us in mid-Michigan means our beloved Great Lakes Loons. There's no baseball right now...but it will be back. And when it does come back, we are pleased that Dow Diamond will offer sensory kits for its patrons. As sponsor of accessible services, Disability Network of Mid-Michigan is proud to be a part of this new service. 

The kits would not have been possible without the efforts of our friends and partners at the Great Lakes Loons, Midland Noon Rotary, and the ARC of Midland. Together, we are all striving to make our community, and the world at-large, a kinder, gentler, and more respectful place for everyone. And certainly we hope to make Dow Diamond a place where everyone can #DiveIn.  We look forward to the upcoming season. See you at the ballpark!

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