April Is Autism Awareness Month
Posted On Apr 24, 2016
One in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a group of complex disorders characterized by impaired social interaction, communication difficulty, and repetitive behaviors. April is Autism Awareness Month, an important time for raising awareness of ASD, supporting research, highlighting the need for acceptance, early diagnosis, and treatment.
Founded in 1965, the Autism Society, America’s leading grassroots autism organization, started a national campaign to promote autism awareness in the 1970s. The organization seeks to educate people about autism and improve the lives of those affected by the disorder. This year, they want to actively encourage friends and partners to join the movement by spreading the message of acceptance and appreciation.
There’s a number of ways to get involved this month and help bring awareness to the plight of those affected by autism.
- Make a donation – Numerous charitable organizations accept online, tax-deductible donations that fund research, education, advocacy, awareness, and assistance to families raising children who have autism.
- Find a local event – Many communities across the country hold events during the month of April to promote autism awareness. Search local listings for events happening right in your neighborhood.
- Go to the movies – AMC Theaters offers Sensory Free Movies four times a month at participating theaters to provide a fun and safe way for families affected by autism to see their favorite films. Lights are turned slightly up and the sound is turned slightly down while audience members are encouraged to talk, dance, and sing along.
One of the key takeaways from Autism Month is the importance of early diagnosis. Developmental differences are usually apparent in children from an early age. If you think your child might have autism, schedule a visit to your pediatrician for an assessment. With early intervention and treatment, those diagnosed with ASD can make significant strides in their social interaction and improve their communication skills.