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April 2 is Autism Awareness Day; Autism Speaks thinks something should be done

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April 2 is Autism Awareness Day and it's no surprise that there are thousands, if not millions out there that are wearing their blue in support of the cause. On April 1 Huffington Post reports that autism is one of the most prevailing disorders in children and the CDC has now claimed that autism actually affects one in 68 children and one in 45 boys in general.

Autism Speaks, one of the largest advocate groups in the world, thinks that because the prevalence is so high, something should be "done" about it. In 2005 Bob and Suzanne Wright founded Autism Speaks when their grandson, Christian, was diagnosed with autism. They have pushed treatments, "fixing" autism, and several finding a cure for a neurological disorder that simply can't be done.

Temple Grandin, likely the most famed person with autism, says that autism is not a way of life, it's simply a different perspective. Since there are many different facets that affect autism such as overall neurology, function, intelligence, and several other factors, it isn't something that can be cured, but it can be managed and an autistic person can and should be able to understand how to live life with their autism since it's never going away.

To support autism awareness, wear blue on April 2.

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