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Recognizing World Autism Month


Every April, Autism Speaks – a nonprofit dedicated to promoting solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families – recognizes World Autism Month by sharing stories and providing opportunities to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism and those who care for them.

And each year, our Abilities employee network group (one of RSM’s 11 ENGs, each focused on fostering inclusion through education) takes the opportunity to raise awareness of the unique needs of those with autism and of those who care for them. This year, during these unprecedented times resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic, we’re continuing our support of World Autism Month – although we’re doing things a bit differently. We’re keeping the spirit of the month alive virtually, as now more than ever, we know the autism community needs support, kindness and compassion.

Joined by the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world came together earlier this month to Light It Up Blue in recognition of people with autism and those who love and support them. Here at RSM, our community recognized the event virtually by sharing photos of themselves wearing blue, decorating their remote workstations and getting their families involved by wearing blue. Those who would like to support the efforts can find some great ideas by visiting autismspeaks.org/kindness.

Our Abilities ENG members are also teaming up with John’s Crazy Socks once again to sell autism awareness socks at several RSM offices in the U.S. once regular business resumes. All funds raised by the sale of these snazzy custom-designed “foot cuddlers” will be donated to local organizations supporting those on the autism spectrum.

We hope you’ll join us in recognizing World Autism Month in whatever way is most meaningful for you. 




Abilities strives to foster an environment that supports professionals or their dependents with special needs.