Autism is a disorder that affects over 3.5 million Americans, and about 1 percent of the entire world population. With that being said, there are many high costs associated with the disorder, emotionally as well as financially. The Autism Society is an organization that has put together a large knowledge bank and several campaigns for the cause. The primary design, to spread awareness and provide an outlet of financial and emotional support for autism victims, their friends, families, acquaintances and advocates.
Closing the Knowledge Gap
There are many important nuggets of information that a lot of people may not know about Autism and how it really affects those who have it, as well as the community. The Autism Society provides a lot of head-turning facts that everyone should be a privy to:
- Prevalence of autism in U.S. children has increased by 119.4 percent from 200 (1 in 150) to 2010 (1 in 68).
- Prevalence has increased by 6-15 percent each year from 2002 to 2010.
- Autism services cost U.S. citizens $236-262 billion annually. With $175-196 billion going towards adult services vs $61-66 billion for children.
- It costs more than $8,600 extra per year to educate a student with autism.
- Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
There are many more helpful facts on The Autism Society website that everyone should know. The more people who learn of these facts brings a larger chance that some may be stirred to donate money or time to the cause.
Lending a Helping Hand
The Autism society has launched a nationwide effort to advocate for autism awareness, inclusion, and self-determination. There are several activities that have been encouraged to help the cause:
- Local events and activities through Affiliate partners
- Signing up for the e-newsletter ‘Autism Matters’ to brainstorm ideas about bettering the world with autism in mind.
- Sharing your knowledge/experiences/stories with NAAM or autism on social media! This ensures maximum reach and greatly aids in the campaign for autism awareness and support. There is even a special hashtag to help unify everyone’s information: #StandUpForAutism! (Writing that hashtag when posting on social media puts what you say in a special spot where everyone else who used that hashtag’s information will also be. A one stop knowledge shop!)
Other Ways to Help
There are a few more ways for advocates to support the cause. There are the famous Autism Awareness Puzzle Ribbons, the most well-known symbol to the community, that can be worn by supporters to spark a conversation on the subject. Advocates can also donate money to the cause. Every dollar raised by the Autism Society provides the ability to improve the capabilities and services of affiliates, who in turn host special events and services all around the nation for the cause.
The Autism Society has done a great job of spearheading the campaign on Autism awareness, acceptance and prevalence in our society. There are dozens of fundraisers and other activities being had all around the nation in support of this cause that welcome volunteers and supporters with open arms. Support can even be as simple as buying the Autism awareness ribbon or donating money to a partner organization. There is a way to help for all situations, so get out there and #StandUpForAutism today!
1) Autism Society. (2016). “About the Autism Society”. Retrieved from: http://www.autism-society.org/about-the-autism-society/ .
2) Autism Society. (2015, August 26th). “Facts and Statistics”. Retrieved from: http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/ .
3) Autism Society. (2016). “National Autism Awareness Month”. Retrieved from: http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/ .