According to autismspeaks.org,
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. With the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, all autism disorders were merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD. Previously, they were recognized as distinct subtypes, including autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.
ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
April is World Autism Awareness Month, and participants are encouraged to share info, encourage families with a child with autism, debunk myths about the spectrum, etc.
I will personally admit that I knew very little about The Autism Spectrum until my nephew was diagnosed when he was 2 years old. Now it’s my duty to educate others to know the signs and to get their child the help they need as early as possible.
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day where everyone is especially encouraged to “Light it up Blue”… That is wear something blue, turn blue lights on in buildings, etc. in recognition of the spectrum.
In the Turks and Caicos Islands where my nephew resides, my sister and law and brother started The HOPE Foundation for Autism Awareness, where among other things, they hold seminars to educate educators about the ways to deal with and help recognize children with autism.
In The Bahamas R.E.A.C.H is the resource and Educational source for Autism and other related challenges in the Bahamas. A non-profit organization we aim to provide parents with comprehensive knowledge and tools in all areas of this neurobiological disorder.”
How Common is Autism?
Autism occurs in all racial, ethnic and social groups and is four times more common in boys than girls. Approximately 67 million persons worldwide are affected by autism making it the world’s fastest growing serious developmental disability. In 2008 to raise global awareness the United Nations designated April 2nd as World Autism Awareness Day in perpetuity. A Center for Disease control study indicated that one in 88 children born today will be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
As World Autism Awareness Month comes to an end, it is imperative to remember that only one month is dedicated to the recognition of autism, but families live with autism everyday of their lives. It is imperative that we educate the public about autism so that people who live within the spectrum can live happy, healthy, normal lives.
I do this for Isreal and by extension every other person living with Autism.
AUTISM SPEAKS, ITS TIME TO LISTEN!