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April is National Autism Awareness Month - April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day

Nearly twenty-five years ago, the Autism Society began a nationwide effort to promote awareness, acceptance and appreciation for people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Numerous organizations today support this cause and have added to the mix. Throughout the month of April we'll highlight some of the discussions about ASD, but today we'll focus on the broad subject of awareness. Keep in mind, while some people may take offense at the "celebration" of autism, this is truly about awareness and acceptance, supporting and helping those with ASD, as well as their caretakers.

FACTS:
  • In 2007, the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously declared April 2nd World Autism Awareness Day "to highlight the need to help improve the quality of life of children and adults, who are affected by autism, so they can lead full and meaningful lives."
  • It is estimated that more than 80% of adults with autism are unemployed.
  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children.
  • ASD is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).
  • About 40% of children with autism do not speak. About 25%–30% of children with autism have some words at 12 to 18 months of age and then lose them. Others might speak, but not until later in childhood.
  • Autism greatly varies from person to person (no two people with autism are alike).
Sources: United Nations, National Autism Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

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