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Saturday, April 12, 2008

April is Autism Awareness Month

As a parent of a child with special needs I understand the desire to have as much information as possible on my son’s disability. This educational process never ends. Research changes and as he gets older he changes too. As new issues arise with him I find new questions to ask and I start the research process all over again. If you have a child that has been diagnosed with Autism you know how this need for information can lead you to spend hours online looking for answers.


Autism Society of America


We hope that Autism World Awareness Day will make people unaffected by Autism take the time to understand that the child flapping his arms, repeating phrases over and over, or a number of the other actions that children with Autism have is not weird, but the way their body helps regulate and cope with the surrounding world. As more people learn about Autism we hope that it will lead to a greater understanding in the community. If you are not touched by this disability directly it is hard to understand. We hope that Autism World Awareness Day will lead you to take a closer look at Autism and what it means to the people afflicted with this disorder and their families.


Autism research Institute


If you want to learn more about Autism here are some links to organizations that can give you the information you need. If you have a child struggling with Autism, or you susect that a child in your family might be Autistic, you should contact your local school district. They will be able to direct you to the agencies in charge of intervention in your area. This intervention is often available at no charge.


Autism Speaks / Cure Autism Now


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act


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