A is for Autism- April is National Autism Awareness Month

Posted: April 4, 2011 in Autism, Charity, Education

A is for Autism- April is National Autism Awareness Month

To kick off the A to Z blogging challenge, Gaia Fights Hunger has decided to tackle some tough subjects using the alphabet. The first subject on our list is Autism. According to the Autism Society, “Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a “spectrum disorder” that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.”

There are no known causes for Autism yet it is on the rise. In the U.S. alone, 1 baby out of every 110 is affected by a “spectrum disorder” and according to the CDC, 1 out of every 70 boys are considered autistic.

All kinds of Autism Awareness events will be taking place this month. The Autism Society has partnered with Academy Award®-winning director Gerardine Wurzburg for the feature length film “Wretches & Jabberers”, a film about two autistic men who set out on a global quest to change the attitudes and stigmas attached to the word “autism”. The film will be premiering in AMC movie theatres. Check here for where the film will be screened throughout the U.S. and Internationally.

If the “Movievent” isn’t on your agenda, you could check out the Autism Society Chapter Events Calendar to find out how you can support, raise awareness, and get involved.

April is National Autism Awareness Month

  1. Jen Daiker says:

    Great A word for the challenge – if that was planned. I think Austism is such an important disease to make people aware of. A lot of people don’t understand how serious it can be.

    I’m stopping in to welcome you to the A to Z blogging challenge!! I’m a co-host, should you need anything just let us know! I do hope you’ll stop by and say hello! We’re also having fun on twitter (I’m @jenunedited and we’re at #atozchallenge)!

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