Until 2021, the annual recognition was known as Autism Awareness Month. But then the designation changed to Autism Acceptance Month. It's a simple but important revision.
The Autism Society of America announced the shift in terminology to inspire change in the lives of those with autism and their families, Christopher Banks, president and CEO of the Autism Society of America, told USA Today.
"Awareness is knowing that somebody has autism," Banks said. "Acceptance is when you include (a person with autism) in your activities. Help (them) to develop in that community and get that sense of connection to other people."