Celebrating World Austism Awareness Day with Sevenly
The puzzle piece is an iconic image that has represented Autism Spectrum Disorder since 1963. It is a reminder that says: I am a person and not a puzzle. The puzzle piece symbolizes the diversity of the individuals affected. Each child is unique and has his or her own way of fitting in and making a positive difference in the world!
Sevenly’s most popular collections of all time have been our Autism Collections, and some of our most joyful work has come from our work supporting community-based organizations like Webb Street School, located outside Charlotte, NC. Webb Street supports education needs for students with intellectual disabilities, many on the spectrum, ranging in age from 5 to 22.
Each year, students participate in a Fashion Show to raise funding and awareness in their community. The pictures (like this one above) always make us smile. : )
Around the world, Autism is still a misunderstood diagnosis. And for many, it’s not a smiling matter. There are 70 million people in the world with Autism. Surprisingly, 85% of them live in developing countries. Sevenly is committed to educating and advocating for the autism community worldwide – and to promoting acceptance in the U.S. and abroad for those who do not have support or necessary resources available to them.
In celebration of World Autism Awareness Day and World Autism Awareness Month this April, Sevenly has made a pledge to The Autism Research Foundation’s “social inclusion program,” which provides resources to help kids with autism to gain inclusion in the areas of sports, the arts and employment. Their program involves skilled staff who train in local communities, and offer encouragement and acceptance along with vital resources.
We love what they’re doing!
Temple Grandin once said, “There needs to be a lot more emphasis on what a child can do instead of what they cannot do.” Every person has unique talents and abilities and a diagnosis does not change that. Being different brings more light into the world and shows a different perspective that can make us all better. Indeed, we need to keep “Shining a Light on Autism.
Sevenly understands the power that support and community can bring to people. It’s often what gets families through the tough times. So wear your story – and help create conversations about #autismawareness in April. Light it up blue!
View the Austim Awareness Collection Here.