Monday, April 2, 2012

World Autism Awareness Day

Today, April 2nd, is World Autism Awareness Day.  Autism, also known as "Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.  Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS).  Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and affects every age group.  Experts estimate that six children out of every 1,000 will have an ASD.  Males are four times more likely to have an ASD than females."~National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes.

This disorder is very much alive and a few of my friends have children that were diagnosed with Autism.  There are many ways that you can show your support and help with finding a cure.  One of which is to wear blue or shine a blue light in the sky.  The other will be to learn more so that you are aware and donate to the cause.  Just click the link below to learn more about Autism and spread the word.

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