April is National Autism Awareness
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What is the National Autism Awareness Month?

In the 1970s, the Autism Society designated April as National Autism Awareness Month in order to highlight the growing need for concern and awareness about autism. There is no governing authority formally pronouncing Autism Awareness Month, nor is there any official website, but rather, National Autism Awareness Month is a grassroots effort recognized by millions of families affected by autism. Businesses and organizations are participating in spreading autism awareness specifically because of the efforts of these families.

Why is it important to spread autism awareness?

Autism (a neurodevelopmental disorder) is a growing problem that has scientists completely baffled - no one knows what causes autism or why the numbers are on the rise. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently revised its estimate of the number of children affected by autism - now 1 in 88 (read the 2012 press release here). Economically, the health care costs are huge - estimated at $3.7 million per child in their lifetime. In the community, autistic children learn differently in school and must be accommodated. Children and adults must learn how to communicate with autistic individuals without fear and with patience and understanding. Families raising an autistic child are often exhausted and need extra help.

How can I learn more?

Browse the autism information web page on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website (or search the web - there is plenty of information available). Once armed with the facts, talk to someone affected by autism to get a "real life" perspective. And be sure to ask how you can help them.

How can help spread the word?

Wear blue during the month of April. When asked, direct people to this web page or other web sites on autism.

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