Each April, autism organizations around the world band together to raise awareness of autism and the people who are living with ASDs. National Autism Awareness month was founded in 1970 by the Autism Society in order to head start fundraising efforts and shine a light on the complexity of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). The Autism Society dreams of a day when there is no separation between people with ASDs and the rest of the world.
Autism is a term used to describe a wide variety of developmental brain disorders, also known as autism spectrum disorders, that are caused by a combination of genes and environmental factors. These disorders can range from very mild to severe depending on factors including difficulty communicating, repetitive behaviors, and social and behavioral challenges. As many as 1 in 68 children in the U.S. are on the autism spectrum.
The Autism Society uses fundraisers, webinars, and advocates to raise awareness of ASDs, among other events. Their website offers a wide range of helpful articles and resources to aid people in informing themselves about the autism spectrum. Autism Society affiliates work to reach out to individuals and families that are on the spectrum to do all they can to help and are also available to answer questions that people who are curious about autism may have as well as how they can help raise awareness.
You can raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders by using social media, getting involved with autism organizations in your area, becoming an Autism Society advocate or affiliate, or donating to the Autism Society. You can also attend autism events and conferences in your area, as well as take a free course online to make sure you stay informed. Autism needs to be talked about and we can all help to close the divide.