JCDC Supports National Shift in April

Jackson Newspapers
Jackson Newspapers

“Autism Awareness Month” Becomes “Autism Acceptance Month” What’s in a Word?

JCDC (Jackson County Developmental Center) is a local nonprofit organization focused on the mission to provide quality support for life training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Traditionally, JCDC focuses on the National Autism Awareness Month each April. Serving individuals with developmental disabilities include individuals on the Autism spectrum especially with the rising numbers of individuals diagnosed.

What is in a word? Christopher Banks, President and CEO of the Autism Society of America explains, “While we will always work to spread awareness, words matter as we strive for autistic individuals to live fully in all areas of life.” He continues to say, “As many individuals and families affected by autism know, acceptance is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system.” According to the website Autism-Society.org on March 4, 2021, individuals with Autism, their families, and those who support them have decided to request media outlets make a shift in the language they use to reflect the much-needed acceptance within all communities.

In the upcoming weeks, JCDC will be sharing information via several news outlets and their social media to focus on supporting community-wide acceptance for individuals with Autism and their families. JCDC serves more than 100 individuals with disabilities across several counties in West Virginia annually and many are diagnosed on the Autism spectrum. Join us in this exciting movement by following and sharing the information. You can find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/jcdcwv or visit our website: jcdcwv.org