April seems to be a month where we celebrate several activities that are recognized nationwide. April includes many events like Earth Day and Arbor Day as well as Easter in 2023. We even recognized the fact that we are one year away from a total eclipse of the sun in Vincennes on April 8, 2024! All things considered from a mental health awareness perspective, I would like to highlight three efforts that are near and dear to our hearts and minds at the Knox County Mental Health America group.

1. April is Autism Acceptance Month. An often-misunderstood developmental issue has seen amazing progress in recent years. Integration of young adults into the work force through technological advances and recognition of unique talents amongst this population has been most encouraging. Advances in the education arena have also been quite exciting as we are learning more specifically about best practices for adaptive learning and, again, the technology available today is significantly advanced. This continues to be especially important as there is a growing number of individuals born with these challenges.

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