Each year we are amazed at what our Junior Ambassadors accomplish. It is important that kids understand that it is okay to be different and ask questions. We encourage parents and educators to use the tools below to teach, play, read and create acceptance to our most impressionable ambassadors.
It is amazing how quickly word travels in schools. Let’s give them something to talk about!
- Hang posters in your school to let everyone know April is Autism Awareness Month. Take it a step further: ask each grade to decorate a hallway or classroom door
- Choose a kid-friendly book to read to your class or a younger class and pass out Kids Booklets for fun autism awareness activities.
- Invite a friend that is different than you to sit with you at lunch or play during recess. If you’re not sure who to ask or what the person likes, ask a teacher for some help. Older kids may want to check out this app that welcomes students to sit at an "ambassador's table."
Money raised for Autism New Jersey directly helps individuals with autism in New Jersey so let’s get started
- Face painting fundraiser!
- Ask teachers from each grade to volunteer to have their faces painted for Autism Awareness.
- Spread the word (make flyers!) to students that they can pay to see their favorite teacher “decorated.” $5 per design
- Ask your art teacher to do the honors in the cafeteria where there is an audience!
- Sell autism awareness temporary tattoos to students
- Pick a day everyone will come to school wearing their temporary ink
- Take photos!
When it comes to awareness, we encourage you to think outside the box. Check out some of these ideas:
- Check out our easy, do-it-yourself craft projects
- Click here to download, print and color an Autism Awareness Ribbon
- Draw your own designs or awareness message on blank jigsaw puzzles
- Share a Picture
Share a picture of what you see in your community during the month of April
- Share a Poem
Here is an example:
Uniqueness is a celebration
Tough obstacles are overcome
Igniting a spark of awareness
Sharing in the happiness
Making a difference