Ivymount was proud to be among several organizations that took part in a special ceremony in honor of Autism Acceptance Month. Montgomery County councilmembers Gabe Albornoz and Will Jawando, and County Executive Marc Elrich presented a proclamation recognizing this important month and this year’s theme: “Celebrating Differences.” The proclamation outlined the council’s commitment to honoring the unique perspectives of people with autism and improving equity and inclusiveness at the individual, operational, and systemic levels. In addition, the proclamation officially updated the name of the month from “Autism Awareness” to “Autism Acceptance,” to reflect Montgomery County’s dedication to providing support and creating inclusive spaces for its autism community.
Councilmember Gabe Albornoz recognized Ivymount’s mission in supporting autistic individuals. “For those of you who have never been to an Ivymount graduation – do yourselves a favor and go. It is an emotional and extraordinary event every year. It’s something I always try to not miss, because I come away feeling inspired; by not just the staff, which is reflective of the incredible professionals who are doing this work every day, but more importantly, by the families and participants. It just shows what’s possible when we all work together.”
Watch the full proclamation below: