We recognize the world is rich with diversity, which is reflected in the many observances celebrated throughout our country. This month, we recognize Autism Awareness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), autism, which is also referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is a developmental condition that can affect how individuals behave, communicate, interact and learn. In April 2021, there was a pivotal name change recognizing April not just as Autism Awareness Month but Autism Acceptance Month.
As Christopher Banks, President and CEO of The Autism Society of America, puts it, “Awareness is knowing that somebody has autism. 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.” Together, we can help individuals with autism reach their full potential by increasing our understanding and acceptance.
Steve Leavitt, President of Rollins Brands, is an advocate of people with disabilities and in recognition of Autism Acceptance Month, shared one of his favorite quotes. “There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.” – Robert M. Hensel
To learn more about autism, visit The Autism Society and Autism Speaks links below.
Every year, our sister brand, Western Pest in West Orange, New Jersey, joins forces with the non-profit organization Spectrum360 and sponsors the annual “A Walk for a Lifetime” for autism. This year, the event is scheduled for June 5, 2022. Branch Manager Todd Henches and Service Supervisor Frank Giovannucci are champions for Western Pest and ASD Awareness. For registration, donations, or to learn more about “A Walk for a Lifetime” and Spectrum360, please visit the link below.
To learn more about Workplace Inclusion at Rollins visit our website at rollinsworkplaceinclusion.com.