April is Autism Awareness Month in the United States. This month is set aside specifically to educate people about Autism, help with funding of programs for Autism and
and for research. According to the CDC, their
most recent report from the 11 sites that make up the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network identified 2,757 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in a total population of 308,038 children aged 8 years, indicating a prevalence of approximately one in 110 (or 1% of children)
That information alone should cause you to get involved in sharing the information about Autism Awareness Month. There are various types of activties planned for April 2011.
- Build-A-Bear Workshop is selling its special edition Nikki III bear in its more than 200 stores across the U.S. and Canada, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Autism Speaks and purple satin hearts for $1.
- The Autism Society is proud to partner with Academy Award®-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg to release her feature length documentary Wretches & Jabberers. The film will be released through nationwide “movievents,” which will include a screening of the film and a live panel discussion featuring Tracy Thresher and Larry Bissonnette, the film’s featured self-advocates with autism.
- Take political action for Autism by staying up to date with Take Action from The Autism Society.
- Walk for Autism, take part in events in your area, volunteer and donate.
Here’s the trailer for Wretchers and Jabbers. I believe that you’ll learn from this and want to learn much more.