April is Autism Awareness & National Poetry Month!

April is a VERY exciting awareness month for me & I hope you’ll celebrate with us! Every year the month of April celebrates two of my favorite things in the world: Autism Awareness and Poetry!! People all over the world will be celebrating these events in various ways including autism fundraising efforts, walks and education as well as poetry slams, celebrations and features. As the older sister of a severely affected 30 year old “Autie Angel”, I advocate for African American Autism Awareness utilizing all forums available to me and I’m seeking to expand in the coming years. I’ve been writing poetry since the age of 9 and over the years have published a book, evolved into a spoken word artist and even started my own venue 239 Acoustic Affairs, the first of its kind in my hometown which is set to re-launch at our new home on April 9th and streaming worldwide online. Here is some brief history about Autism Awareness Month and National Poetry Month…

Autism Awareness Month – In December of 2007, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring 2 April as World Autism Awareness Day. The resolution was introduced by Nassir Abdulaziz al -Nasser, Permanent Representative of Qatar to the United Nations. According to a press release by the Representative of Qatar, “member States should break the ‘barrier of shame’ of people suffering from autism and raise international awareness of the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of the brain disorder, which was estimated to affect 35 million people worldwide.” (source)

 

National Poetry Month – National Poetry Month is a celebration of poetry first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. It is celebrated every April in the United States and (since 1999) in Canada as well. Since 2000 Great Britain has celebrated a National Poetry Month each October. In a proclamation issued on April 1, 1996, President BillClinton declared: “National Poetry Month offers us a welcome opportunity to celebrate not only the unsurpassed body of literature produced by our poets in the past, but also the vitality and diversity of voices reflected in the works of today’s American poetry. Their creativity and wealth of language enrich our culture and inspire a new generation of Americans to learn the power of reading and writing at its best.” (source)

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