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Autism Awareness Month

autism.jpgApril is Autism Awareness Month so it seems like the right time for us all to learn what we can about a disability that affects up to one in every 150 school-age children, which translates to about 560,000 children. According to the Department of Health and Human Services:

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual's social interaction and communication. It is known as a spectrum disorder, because it affects each individual in different ways and to varying degrees.

autism.jpgApril is Autism Awareness Month so it seems like the right time for us all to learn what we can about a disability that affects up to one in every 150 school-age children, which translates to about 560,000 children. According to the Department of Health and Human Services:

Autism is a complex developmental disability that affects an individual's social interaction and communication. It is known as a spectrum disorder, because it affects each individual in different ways and to varying degrees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2001), autism and its associated behaviors have been estimated to occur in as many as 2 to 6 of every 1,000 individuals. Overall, the incidence of autism is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls and typically appears during the first 3 years of life. Children and adults with autism tend to have difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communications, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.

Autism Awareness Month, celebrated every year in April, provides an opportunity for families, friends, and local communities to raise public awareness about autism. It is sponsored by the Autism Society of America (ASA). Individuals and communities can get involved by participating in activities sponsored by their local ASA chapter or by promoting services related to autism.

The Autism Society of America is sponsoring both local and national initiatives throughout the month to increase awareness. You can find upcoming events on their website.

The organization Autism Speaks has also partnered with national sponsors, including ToysRUs, T.J. Maxx, and others to raise money and awareness. You can find a full list of sponsored events here.

Last and absolutely not least, please take a few minutes to watch the wonderful video, Michael's World, which includes the music of John Ondrasik of the band Five for Fighting. Every time this video is watched, a donation is made to the Autism Speaks charity.

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