Friday, April 08, 2011

April Is Autism Awareness Month (Giveaway Information Included)

Guest Post by Lacey at Daily Woman Blog

Here are some interesting facts about autism (from the Autism Society website)

• 1 percent of the population of children in the U.S. ages 3-17 has an autism spectrum disorder.
• Prevalence is estimated at 1 in 110 births.
• 1 to 1.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder.
• Fastest-growing developmental disability; 1,148% growth rate.
• 10-17 % annual growth.
• $60 billion annual cost.
• 60% of costs are in adult services.
• Cost of lifelong care can be reduced by 2/3 with early diagnosis and intervention.
• In 10 years, the annual cost will be $200-400 billion.
• 1 percent of the adult population of the United Kingdom has an autism spectrum disorder.
• The cost of autism over the lifespan is 3.2 million dollars per person.

Looking at these facts and statistics, you would think there wouldn’t be a person out there who hasn’t heard about autism, but that is not the case. A lot of people do not know WHAT autism is or WHAT it looks like. The saying is “When you have seen one child with autism, you have seen ONE child with autism.” Most will see a child “acting out” in the grocery store and wonder WHY a parent is allowing the child to act that way because they do not yet know WHAT autism is. The child you see may be experiencing sensory overload, which can actually be painful to some kids. It would be like asking you to not scream if you smashed your finger. My objective in bringing Autism Awareness to your attention is to help people understand and accept our children. They did not ask to be autistic, but that is what is. My hope is that even people who are not directly affected by autism will help spread the word about it.

One way in which I am trying to help is to have a few giveaways on my blog, which I have personally donated. I hope you will check out my giveaways at Daily Woman Blog (www.dailywoman.blogspot.com).

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