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Autism Awareness Month is April

While parents with autistic children struggle to deal with the many challenges autism may bring on a daily basis, Autism Awareness Month and Autism Speaks attempts to educate the general public about autism.

Grayson enjoys apples more than most foods.
D. Roberson/Grayson enjoying his apple

For the families with young autistic children or older family members who are autistic, Autism Awareness Month may give them the opportunity to share some of their personal experiences with others.

The following details are from the website for World Autism Awareness Day:

The seventh annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate? To share your events, photos and Autism Kindness Acts (#AKA) go to or click on the links on this page.

And if you're on Twitter, use #LIUB to share your experience helping light the world up blue this April.

Those interested in doing more to bring autism awareness to their goup might want to visit Austism Speaks where they can learn about things they can do on April 2, 2014 when it is World Autism Awareness Day. These details are from that website:

Each April 2, Autism Speaks celebrates Light It Up Blue along with the international autism community, in commemoration of the United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative that kicks-off Autism Awareness Month and helps raise awareness about autism. Create an event in support of Light It Up Blue.

The statistics for autism are staggering, with many parents questioning what they may have done wrong that could have caused their child to be autistic. Evidence does not lead to autism being something that is the fault of the parents.

The details here are from the site for Autism Speaks and may surprise some readers:

Did you know ...

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

While there is no cure for autism, there are now several types of therapy made available for those who are autistic. Many feel certain incidents or factors may be linked to autism, however, there is no cure and there is no a known cause for autism at this time.

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