April: Autism Awareness Month
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April is Autism Awareness Month.
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day.
WHAT IS AUTISM?
Autism is a neurobiological developmental disability that affects the normal development of the brain.
Since it is NOT a physical disability, you cannot look at a person’s physical appearance and know that he/she has autism.
Autism can affect anyone, regardless of race, religion or socio-economic status.
Autism is NOT a disease. It is NOT contagious.
Currently, the cause of autism is unknown and there is no cure.
Today, autism affects 1/68 individuals, with 1/42 boys and 1/169 girls diagnosed.
Are you Autism Aware?
Autism is a spectrum disorder; therefore NO two individuals are alike. There’s a saying, “If you KNOW ONE person with autism, you KNOW ONE person with autism.”
Please remember that the portrayals that you see in the Media are NOT accurate depictions of ALL individuals with AUTISM.