April 2, 2018

National Autism Awareness Month and World Autism Awareness Day

The month of April is National Autism Awareness Month and today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day!

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others. ASD is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum condition” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. Some of the behaviors associated with autism include delayed learning of language; difficulty making eye contact or holding a conversation; difficulty with executive functioning, which relates to reasoning and planning; narrow, intense interests; poor motor skills’ and sensory sensitivities. Again, a person on the spectrum might follow many of these behaviors or just a few, or many others besides. The diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is applied based on analysis of all behaviors and their severity.

You can read more about autism at http://www.autism-society.org/what-is/.
The eleventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is today, April 2, 2018. World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase people's awareness about people, especially children, with autism.

Join the international community, hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, as they light it up in blue in recognition of people living with autism.

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