Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is defined by autism-society.org as a complex developmental disability in which signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism impacts individuals differently and to varying degrees, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ADDM Autism Prevalence Report, 1 in every 68 births in the United States is affected by autism. Though this statistic is not necessarily a positive one, the spotlight it has put onto autism has opened doors for the U.S. to consider how to serve families facing lifetime support of their children.
The implementation of Autism Awareness Month was just one way to promote the awareness of autism and the inclusion of all impacted by it. The Autism Society boasts embracing a new perspective and ensuring the acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities where all those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.
The autism-society.org site states: “Join us in celebration for 2017 National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.”
The many ways this is celebrated throughout the month of April include:
- Presidential/Congressional declarations
- Online events and activities
- Local events and activities through affiliates
- Partner opportunities
Another way to dive into this cause is to wear the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon, which is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world according to the website.
Autism is too often something that causes an individual to stand out as different, but Autism Awareness month was developed as a time to bring awareness to this disorder and inclusion for those impacted by it. What will you do during April to show your support?