April is Autism Awareness Month
One in 68 children live with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but autism does not just impact children. More than 3.5 million people nationwide struggle with ASD each and every day, yet the disorders are still frequently misunderstood.
Research shows that boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism, but the prevalence figures are growing for boys and girls. Autism is now one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in America. There are no medical tests that can diagnose autism. Instead, specially trained physicians and psychologists administer autism-specific behavioral evaluations, and there is no cure. The diagnosis of autism with an intervention plan can cost a family $60,000 or more each year.
April is National Autism Awareness Month and the 8th Annual World Autism Awareness Day is Saturday, April 2, 2016. The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized symbol of the autism community, with blue being the color to show support. So, on April 2, wear your blue to support the worldwide effort to promote awareness, inclusion and self-determination for those with ASD!