April is Autism Awareness Month
Commemorating World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month
Did you know that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism? Join Ability Connection as we celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April. Autism is a developmental disorder affecting a person’s ability to interact and communicate with others. Although there is no cure for Autism, early treatment and awareness make a big difference in a child’s life. To commemorate this initiative Ability Connection staff and clients will wear blue on Friday, April 1st. Watch our Facebook page and Twitter feed for photos of our family as we “Light It Up Blue”.
Over the last 40 years, children diagnosed on the autism spectrum have increased tenfold. Improved awareness and diagnosis have contributed to this number. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention identifies around one in 68 American children as being on the autism spectrum. Continued awareness highlights the need to improve the care for adults and children diagnosed with Autism.
Around the world on April 2nd, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) will be observed. People will bring awareness to the tens of millions on the Autism spectrum with the color blue. In 2016 iconic buildings around the world including the Empire State Building, Pyramids of Giza and the Sydney Opera House will once again be lit up in blue in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day.
As a way of showing solidarity with people living with autism, please make a donation to Ability Connection in honor of someone you know who is living with Autism or another developmental disability.