One in 88 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, including 1 in 54 boys. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national pubic health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.

Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. There are many ways you can help combat this complex neurobiolgical disorder. Raise autism awareness by:

  1. Educate yourself and others
  2. Partner with non-profit groups and healthcare providers at special events
  3. Show compassion, tolerance, and acceptance to children with autism and their families
  4. Light your home, town or business with blue filters/gels, lights
  5. Organize a fundraiser for more research, educational and family support
  6. Show your concern with visual displays of symbols of autism
  7. Get your local media involved in producing stories to enlighten people about the challenges and contributions that people with autism make to the community.

 

 

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