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Mar 31

April is Autism Awareness Month

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April is Autism Awareness Month

What is Autism? Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) include developmental disorders characterized by significant social, communication, and behavioral difficulties. This may also include restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.

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!

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