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HBPD Offers Autism Patch to Support Autism

April 1 marks the onset of World Autism Month, a time dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding, and acceptance of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Throughout this month, the Huntington Beach Police Department passionately directs its efforts toward amplifying autism acceptance and fostering a culture of inclusivity and connectivity for individuals on the autism spectrum. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism spectrum disorders affect approximately 1 in 36 children, and a supportive community can significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with autism and their families.

In 2018, drawing inspiration from the impactful Pink Patch Project, which raises awareness for breast cancer by selling specially designed patches, the department embarked on a similar endeavor to spotlight autism awareness. The unique autism patch honors and supports individuals with autism and those dedicated to helping them with their unique challenges. The Huntington Beach Police Department proudly offers a special edition of the HBPD autism patch for sale. These commemorative $10 patches can be acquired from the HBPD's front counter during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or by email at [email protected]. Proceeds from patch sales will be directed towards supporting a local charity dedicated to serving individuals on the autism spectrum, further solidifying the department's commitment to making a meaningful difference in those affected by autism.

In addition, World Autism Acceptance Week will take place from April 2 to 8. World Autism Acceptance Week is always planned around World Autism Acceptance Day, April 2. Here are five ways that you can be proactive throughout the year in promoting autism awareness:

1. Educate Yourself - Awareness starts with each person taking responsibility for themselves. Do your part to understand what autism is (and isn’t) and how you can interact more effectively with individuals with autism. Keep an open mind and focus on everything these individuals can do rather than what they may struggle with. Once you have a better understanding of autism, you can help others to do the same.

2. Attend Local Events - Support autism awareness and activities in your area. Many groups have local chapters and hold events throughout the year. Take your family or friends and show your support while learning more about their efforts and showing you care. Even better – become a volunteer with these organizations and events.