Our 2021 Autism Acceptance Month Speaker - Morénike Giwa Onaiwu!

We hope you enjoyed our guest speaker, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu, a global self-advocate, educator, and parent on the autism spectrum who joined us on April 7th! Ms. Onaiwu is the editor of All the Weight of Our Dreams, an anthology of art, poetry, photography, and short fiction contributed entirely by autistic people of color. Download a shareable PDF of the event here

Read more about Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and learn about her books. 

Duke University's "Quick Learner" What is Autism? Video Produced for Autism Acceptance Month

Duke University Communications, with assistance from the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, produced this video to provide an overview of what we know about autism, and what many people get wrong about the neurodevelopmental spectrum disorder. During Autism Acceptance Month in April, researchers, people with autism and their families are promoting awareness to make society more inclusive of individuals with autism. See the video here!

NC Governor Roy Cooper Proclaimed April World Autism Month and April 2 World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day to recognize and encourage better understanding of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Read the proclamation here.



Other Autism Acceptance Month events of interest:

Thursdays with NAMI "A Discussion of LIfe on the Spectrum," April 29th, 7:00 pm. Join us for a discussion of life on the spectrum with people who have actually been there. Two individuals who live with ASD will share their stories: Jeff Day of the Duke Autism Center of Excellence Community Engagement Advisory Board and Jackie Pilgrim of NAMI Durham. Bringing the clinical perspective will be Dr. Nathan Copeland, the attending physician at the Duke Center for Autism Clinic. Please register in advance. Thursdays with NAMI weekly sessions cover a wide range of topics from diagnosis to recovery and everything in between. Various guests and program host Peg Morrison share insights based on their own experience, knowledge, and current trends.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Office of Autism Research Coordination (OARC) plans two special events to recognize National Autism Awareness Month.

  • Asperger’s Are Us, Wed. April 7, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern. The first comedy troupe composed entirely of people diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (autism). Their comedic style focuses on deadpan wordplay and dark absurdism.
  • The Federal Response to COVID-19: Addressing the Needs of the Autism and Disability Communities, Wed., April 28, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern, features presentations from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Education, and U.S. Department of Labor on issues related on health, education, and employment for people with disabilities during the pandemic, followed by discussion with leaders from the autism advocacy community. 

The United Nations will host a free, virtual webinar, Inclusion in the Workplace: Challenges and Opportunities in a Post-Pandemic World, Thurs., April 8, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST/16:00 - 17:00 p.m. CET. Register