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World Autism Awareness Day is Wednesday, April 2

Autistic children are often more talented than most would expect.
Drawing by Grayson/Photo by Pat Anthony

This year the 7th annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Every year events are held in an effort to help others understand what autism is and what individuals might be able to do to help.

Those needing more information about what is available in Charlotte with autism, please use this link to review details that may help.

The following information was shared by the Autism Society of North Carolina:

Statistics
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the second most common developmental disability following intellectual disability. ASD is more common than childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined. It is estimated that up to 1 out of every 68 children born today has some form of ASD. Evidence suggests that the prevalence rate in North Carolina is even higher than the national average, at 1 in 58.

It is estimated that approximately 1.5 million Americans (children and adults) have ASD today, and that more than 15 million Americans (loved ones, caregivers, educators, and health-care professionals) are directly impacted by the disorder. In the state of North Carolina alone, there are over 60,000 individuals living with ASD.

Those who have a child that has been diagnosed as autistic may want to know what assistance is available for them. Please view this site for details.

In the Charlotte area the Autism Society of North Carolina is located at 3846 Lipton Lane, Charlotte, NC 28227 The website for this group is autismspeaks.org

The following details about events on April 2 are from the Autism Society of North Carolina's website:

Apr. 2nd (W) World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day at Camp Royall 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM; 250 Bill Ash Road, Moncure, NC, 27559; Free but donations appreciated; Boating, fishing, face painting and sensory activities, cookout; RSVP via http://camproyall@autismsociety-nc.org or 919-542-1033.

Those in the Mecklenburg County area may want to know about Autism Services of Meclenburg County, Inc. This is a not-for-profit group that offers some services for residents of North Carolina who are autistic. Please visit their site for details about what this private group might have to offer or to learn what you can do to help.

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