April is National Autism Awareness Month, and on March 27th to April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Week, while the World Autism Awareness Day 2017 will be celebrated on April 2nd. These are the dates dedicated to raising funds and awareness about autism so that people around the world may understand and help in changing lives.
What is Autism?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate and interact with others. Autism can be treated if it is diagnosed early and appropriately handled.
Here are some of the signs:
- Speech delay or not able to communicate.
- Motor mannerisms like hand-flapping and twirling objects.
- Loss of social skills or cannot interact with others.
- No eye contact.
How is the Awareness event celebrated?
The Autism Awareness event is held by creating online activities like online quizzes and sharing stories, and through programs by local affiliates like a Fun Run, raffles and bucket collections. The volunteers and staff also gather to promote a legislative agenda and let the government know that they should take action to improve policies and programs for people with autism.
How can you get involved?
You can get involved by wearing the Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon, writing a blog post to spread information, donate to Autism Society to support autism advocacy, research and assistance to families living with autism.
Why should you get involved?
One of the reasons to get involved is to educate yourself about Autism and its treatments and resources available. You can reach out to a loved one or a stranger with Autism and help change their lives. Furthermore, spreading awareness to promote acceptance of their condition can make a big difference.
Let’s get involved until everyone understands Autism!
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