What does autism look like? Millions of commuters in Massachusetts will find out during April – National Autism Awareness Month – thanks to a powerful public awareness campaign that features photos and stories of children with autism as well as important information about the disorder.
The campaign – What Does Autism Look Like? – was created by May Institute, a national nonprofit organization that serves individuals with autism and other special needs, and is being sponsored by SafetyNet service. What Does Autism Look Like? will be launched today at a press conference at 11 a.m. at South Station in Boston.
This year’s campaign includes more than 1,000 informational pieces on the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) system – 125 platform posters in dozens of subway and commuter rail stations, and 900 educational car cards displayed in subway cars and buses. As many as 1.3 million riders use the MBTA each day.
“May Institute and our National Autism Center are committed to increasing public awareness about autism,” said President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP. “We are delighted to partner with SafetyNet on this campaign. We know that increased awareness results in earlier diagnosis and treatment – critical components for the future success of children with autism.”
“May Institute is a highly regarded organization,” said John Paul Marosy, General Manager of SafetyNet. “SafetyNet is very pleased to support the Institute’s efforts to generate awareness of autism and other cognitive conditions through this campaign.”