April is for Autism Acceptance: Centering Autistic Voices

Adam's Campers
Adam’s Campers

Every April, all of us in the disability community come together to celebrate Autism Acceptance Month. It’s a time to reflect on the unique strengths and challenges faced by individuals on the autism spectrum and to reaffirm our commitment to fostering a more inclusive and understanding world.

At Adam’s Camp, we believe that Autism Acceptance goes beyond mere awareness. It’s about centering autistic voices and amplifying their experiences, not just during the month of April, but every month of the year. As Christopher Banks, CEO of The Autism Society of America, eloquently puts it: “Awareness is knowing that somebody has Autism. Acceptance is when you include a person with autism in your activities.”

This April, let’s delve deeper into what Autism Acceptance truly means and explore ways we can create more inclusive spaces for autistic individuals. One important aspect of this is listening to and learning from the autistic community themselves. Their insights and perspectives are invaluable in shaping our understanding of autism and guiding our efforts toward greater acceptance and inclusion.

In Denver, Colorado, there are numerous resources and events aimed at providing sensory-friendly experiences and support for the autistic community and beyond. From sensory-friendly movie screenings to inclusive play spaces, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Brewability Lab: A Hub of Inclusion and Empowerment

Located in Englewood, Brewability Lab isn’t just your average brewery. It’s a beacon of inclusivity and empowerment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At Brewability, they take pride in offering employment opportunities to individuals of all abilities, creating a workplace where everyone is valued and respected.

Their commitment to inclusion extends beyond their hiring practices. They’ve also worked hard to create a space that is fully accessible, from the front door to the bathrooms. Everyone deserves the chance to enjoy craft beer and good company, regardless of their ability level, and Brewability makes this possible.

If you haven’t been to Brewability yet, it’s worth checking out! Take a look at their website and then visit in person at 3445 South Broadway, Englewood, CO 80113.

But Brewability’s impact doesn’t stop there. They have recently been selected as one of the top ten contenders for a chance to win $60,000 through a Barclays grant. This could make a very big impact on one of our favorite accepting and accessible places in our community!

Starting April 8th and ending April 19th, Brewability will be competing in a national contest, and public voting is the key to victory. By casting your vote for Brewability, you’re not just supporting a local business – you’re supporting a community of individuals who deserve the chance to thrive.

Here’s the daily voting link (live from April 8th through the 19th).

Help us help a fantastic local business by voting for Brewability and helping them continue their mission of creating a more inclusive society, one beer at a time. Cheers to acceptance, empowerment, and endless possibilities! 

Exploring the Vibrant Community at The Autism Community Store

Nestled in the heart of Denver, The Autism Community Store is a haven for families and individuals touched by autism. More than just a store, it’s a vibrant hub of activity and support where people come together to connect, learn, and grow.

Throughout the year, The Autism Community Store hosts a variety of events and activities catered to the needs and interests of the autism community. From informative workshops and support groups to fun-filled social gatherings, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Parents can attend workshops led by experts in the field of autism to gain valuable insights and strategies for supporting their children. Meanwhile, individuals on the spectrum can participate in sensory-friendly playgroups and social events where they can make friends and build social skills in a supportive environment. Take a look at their events calendar here

Whether you’re looking for resources, support, or simply a sense of community, The Autism Community Store has something to offer. It’s a place where everyone is welcomed and accepted, and where connections are made that last a lifetime. Experience the warmth and inclusivity of The Autism Community Store firsthand.

Sensory-Friendly Activities in Denver

Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS)

DMNS offers sensory-friendly access mornings on the second Sunday of each month. These events provide a quieter, more controlled environment for individuals with sensory sensitivities to explore the museum’s exhibits. You can find their sensory-friendly events here.

Denver Zoo

The Denver Zoo offers guests several tools to help create a greater accessibility and equitable zoo experience. For instance, Sensory Kits are available to check out at no cost. Each kit includes ear defenders, sunglasses, and fidget tools. Weighted lap blankets, coloring pages, and crayons are also available for checkout. Take a look at current and coming tools for accessibility at the Denver Zoo here

Downtown Aquarium Denver

Dive into a sensory-friendly adventure at the Denver Downtown Aquarium’s “Low Sensory Mornings” every month. Designed for individuals with sensory sensitivities, these special mornings offer a calm and welcoming environment for exploration and discovery. Join us for a unique aquatic experience where everyone can enjoy the wonders of the underwater world at their own pace. You can get your tickets here

Sensory-Friendly Performances

Several theaters in Denver, including the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, offer sensory-friendly performances of popular shows and musicals. These performances are designed to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals with autism and other sensory sensitivities.

As we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month, let’s remember that acceptance is not just a one-time event, but an ongoing commitment to creating a more inclusive society. By centering autistic voices, listening to their experiences, and supporting initiatives that promote inclusion, we can build a world where everyone feels valued and accepted for who they are. 

Together, let’s work towards a future where autism acceptance is the norm, not the exception.


Related Blog

Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness in May: Promoting Inclusion for All

May 6, 2024

Every year in May, people around the world come together to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). This day serves as a reminder of the importance of digital accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. At Adam's Camp, where fostering an inclusive environment is at the core of everything we do, Global Accessibility Awareness Day holds significant meaning. It's a...


Celebrating Global Accessibility Awareness in May: Promoting Inclusion for All

Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

March 15, 2024

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month (or DDAM). This annual observance focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of people with developmental disabilities. This month is extra special to our community at Adam’s Camp. Not only is it a time to celebrate our loved ones with disabilities, but it’s also a chance to assess what we can do to foster...


Celebrating Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

The Benefits of Camp for All

February 16, 2024

Camp is an opportunity for people to come together in the spirit of adventure and community. Not only is it an experience like no other, but camp gives people (regardless of age, ability, or background) the chance to connect with their peers and environment all while having fun, building skills, and gaining confidence. Here at Adam’s Camp, we are extremely...


The Benefits of Camp for All

Become Part of the Adam’s Camp Family

Become Part of the Adam’s Camp Family. Apply for Camp/Login

Support Adam's Camp

Adam’s Camp

Demonstrate your belief in the abilities of children with special needs and their families.

Support Adam’s Camp. Demonstrate your belief in the abilities of children with special needs and their families. Donate Now