ASD has been reported across all socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. It is also five times as common among males. Experts estimate that 1 out of 68 children have been identified as having an ASD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Autism Spectrum Disorders Data & Statistics, March 31, 2015).
This month we celebrate National Autism Awareness Month. Here are some ways that you can contribute:
Connect with your community. Many special events may be scheduled in your city. For more information and to find events in your neighborhood, visit http://www.autismsource.org
Wear the symbol. The Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbon is the most recognized worldwide symbol of ASD. Show your support by wearing a pin or jewelry, placing a magnet on your car, or change your Facebook profile picture for the month of April.
Join a walk near you. Search for a walk in your community to support autism awareness and to earn money for future research.
See a movie. Support AMC’s initiative to create a sensory friendly experience for those with ASD. This month select AMC movie theaters will be screening Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 on April 25th at 10 a.m.
World Autism Awareness Day. Wear blue on April 2nd to support Autism Awareness Day and shine a light on ASD. Autism Speaks has even created a photo challenge for the occasion!