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 (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
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.
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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