Awareness is defined by Dictionary.com as:
"the state or condition of being aware; having knowledge; consciousness:
Acceptance is defined by Dictionary.com as:
"favorable reception; approval; favor"
April is National Autism Awareness Month. It is great educate others about autism so that they are more aware, but as you can see from the definitions above we also need to spread the message of acceptance as well. We need to teach people to have a "favorable reception" towards others that are different than themselves, not to just "having knowledge" about how they might be different.
Here is an amazing video that does both!
About the Author
Ryan Lockard, CSCS, CSPS is the founder and head trainer of Specialty Athletic Training and is accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Special Populations Specialist. He is a member of the board of directors for the Autism Society of America, Central Oregon Disability Support Network, as well as the Lewis & Clark College Board of Alumni.