Tips and Tools For Everyone in the Community

BOOKS/LIBRARIES

Host an autism-themed book club. Organize a story time at your library by offering to read a kids book about autism.  Set up a library display as well. Here are some tips on how to create your own display:

LECTURES/TALKS

Host an autism awareness night or luncheon. Invite a speaker and organize a panel discussion.  Give a presentation yourself!  Here are some presentation tips:

  • Be sure to ask how may attendees will be present so you have enough materials for everyone.
  • Practice your presentation so that you will be comfortable and confident.
  • Leave time audience questions.  
  • Download a Fact Sheet
  • Here are some sample presentations: Kid Friendly

FOOD/RESTAURANTS

Ask your favorite restaurant to have an autism awareness night.  Some restaurants will donate a portion of sales from the night or from a select item.Here are some restaurant awareness night tips:

MOVIES/TV

Autism has made its way into popular culture, movies, and documentaries. Here are some tips for planning a screening for autism awareness:

  • Pick a date and location (school, auditorium).
  • Choose a movie or TV episode that includes the topic of autism.
  • After the viewing, conduct a discussion about the film and use some of the Talking Points.

Here are some movie and TV episodes that include the topic of autism:  Autism: The Musical (2007), Temple Grandin (2010), Rainman (1988), Parenthood (TV Series; 2010 to 2015) Season 5, Episode 18- "The Offer"

Need more supplies?

E-mail aamonth@autismnj.org to request more posters, rack cards, bookmarks, temporary tattoos, clings or pin-ups. Supplies are limited. Or you can order supplies online.

Comment by Autism New Jersey on February 3, 2014 at 11:59am

Hey Ambassadors -- have a suggestion for others?  Share your own tips and tools in the comments!

Comment by Carol A. Slemmer on February 6, 2016 at 6:30pm

I am setting up an   Autism Awareness Display at a local library in Hammonton, New Jersey. It is a lot of fun and the people at the library told me they look forward to having the display for Autism Awareness every April. Thank You. Carol.

Comment by Barbara Kalimanis on February 20, 2016 at 1:34pm

I am looking for fresh ideas for school bulletin boards. Any suggestions/pictures would be very much appreciated.

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