According to the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 1 in 68 children in the United States is likely to have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Affecting more children than childhood cancer and diabetes combined, ASD has been called “an important public health concern” by the CDC and the United Nations (UN) adopted a resolution recognizing April 2 as “World Autism Awareness Day” starting with April 2, 2008. ASD does not discriminate. As noted by the UN in its 2007 resolution, ASD affects children “irrespective of gender, race or socio-economic status” and poses challenges to “long-term health care, education, training and intervention programmes undertaken by Governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, as well as its tremendous impact on children, their families, communities and societies.”
The Autism Program of Illinois (TAP) and its Partners around the state will be even more active than usual this month providing workshops about ASD and sponsoring events and activities promoting greater inclusion of people with ASD and their families in their communities. You are encouraged to become more involved personally – attend a workshop; take part in an Autism Awareness event; join the “Light It Up Blue” world-wide campaign to show you care about those with ASD. Check out our event calendar here to find activities near you. Read some ways to “Light It Up Blue” here.
We’d like to hear what you are doing for World Autism Awareness Day and Autism Awareness Month. Go to our facebook page, and post a comment to tell us!
Russell J. Bonanno, M.Ed.
TAP Program Manager