Did you know that recent studies have estimated that 1 in 68 children in the United States is affected by autism? Each April, organizations around the world recognize Autism Awareness Month, to help raise public awareness of autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). The campaign is kicked off each year on World Autism Day, April 2.
World Autism Day is a United Nations-sanctioned international awareness campaign. One way to help raise awareness is to “Light it Up Blue!” Autism Speaks, an international advocacy group dedicated to funding autism research, increasing awareness, and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families, started the “Light It Up Blue” campaign, which encourages individuals and organizations to wear blue, decorate with blue, and use blue lights to raise awareness and show their support for individuals with autism. The campaign has gained an incredible amount of international support; this year, the Great Pyramid in Egypt, Niagara Falls, and Macy’s in Herald Square NYC will all be lit up with blue lights on April 2! Want to learn how you can help raise awareness on April 2? Take a look at this post by Autism Speaks about 5 ways you can help Light It Up Blue!
Check in with us again next week: Speech Associates of NY will be supporting Autism Awareness Month with a series of blog posts about autistic spectrum disorders: what they are, how they affect communication, and how a speech-language pathologist can help.
Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with autism? How has it affected your life and the way you communicate? Share your story in the comments section below!
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