Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Autism Spectrum Disorder Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month. 1 in 151 children (updated from what used to be believed to be 1 in 166 children) and 1 in 92 boys (also updated) will be diagnosed with some form of Autism. We don't know what causes it. Rather, we have some theories and hypotheses, and it can vary from child to child. It may be environmental, or genetic, or a combination of the two. Or maybe there's something else that we just haven't figured out yet.

I am an Autism Awareness Advocate. I try to take the chance whenever I can to educate people on Asperger's Disorder, especially when there are situations that warrant educating people who don't know my child but come into contact with her. Those of you who are regular readers of my blog are probably already aware that my middle daughter, who is currently 5 yrs old, has Asperger's Disorder. Asperger's Disorder is a high-functioning form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has it's own spectrum within Autism. I will be honest, there are some people who will dispute that claim, but anyone who has an Aspie child knows that's the truth, and not a fallacy.

For the month of April, I will be keeping this button at the top of my blog, and if you know someone with Autism then join forces and include this button on your blog too, and blog about Autism during this month of April. Even if you don't have a child with Autism, it's always good to be informed. Please check out the links at the bottom of this post.... they are all blogs that concern Autism Spectrum Disorder.

I'm just going to include some links to past entries of mine that have dealt specifically with our personal Aspie Journey. I do have an update, but will dedicate it's own entry shortly.

For Children Diagnosed With ASD

Just Call Me Advocate Mom

What You Didn't Know About Autism


melanie said...

Great information!

Genevieve Hinson said...

Hi - Thanks so much for participating in blogging for autism awareness.

I've added your blog to the blogroll.