Every day we see those famous ribbons proudly displayed in our homes, schools, and communities to increase awareness and gain support for a variety of causes. If you have ever seen the multi-colored puzzle piece ribbon or the royal blue ribbon, you may be familiar with the efforts to increase awareness related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ---
It is estimated that approximately 1% of the world’s population has ASD, and 1 in every 68 children in America has been diagnosed with autism (CDC, 2014).
With this increased awareness in today’s society, families of children with autism have greater access to education and resources to provide the support their children need to experience maximal success in their daily lives.
While there are characteristic behaviors consistent with autism spectrum disorder, it is important that families seek advice from a qualified team of professionals to receive this early diagnosis. After a medical diagnosis has been provided, an appropriate educational and treatment program can be introduced to assist with developing necessary skills for optimal success.
Additionally, it is critical to recognize that autism spectrum disorders are not only prevalent during childhood; they continue to play a role in the lives of adolescents, teens, and adults. For that reason, it is necessary to have access to resources for support throughout the lifespan. The Autism Society has a variety of affiliates around the country which have been organized to provide education, support, and other resources related to autism spectrum disorders.
The following affiliates are located in the state of Wisconsin:
- Wauwatosa, WI
- Menasha, WI
- Madison, WI
Another great resource, Autism Speaks, is an organization which provides information related to a variety of materials, events, and fundraising efforts which aim to increase awareness related to autism spectrum disorders.
Further information related to these organizations can be located using these websites:
Autism Society & National Autism Awareness Month
Autism Speaks & World Autism Awareness Day
Following Autism Speak’s lead, let’s #LightItUpBlue and support the efforts to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders not only during the month of April but all year long!