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Autism Awareness Month Is April

Since the 1970s, April has been designated as Autism Awareness month by the Autism Society. As advocates for people the people, families, and communities managing all aspects of the effects of autism, the Society is dedicated to improving the quality of life and programs available to those who need help most. With the number of children diagnosed and living with autism rapidly rising to staggering heights, particularly within the U.S., increasing awareness and offering support has never been more urgent. Just last year, one in every eighty eight kids exhibited behaviors which fell on the autism spectrum (which ranges significantly from child to child.) Though some autistic children live healthy lives and gain the tools needed to successfully communicate, independently care for themselves, and effectively form social relationships, others struggle due to social impairments and restricted communication. Research to better understand autism and its underlying genetic or environmental components, influences, and triggers, will help to establish and improve behavioral and cognitive intervention programs to meet the needs of people living with autism. Doing everything we can to better support and understand not only autism but the emotional, financial, and educational difficulties of the process people living with it go through will propel research, programs, and funding to better meet the needs of those living with autism. Though many forms of treatment do exist, many are outdated, in experimental stages, may be relatively dangerous, and fall short of truly supporting the individuals and families managing the long process from diagnosis to "cure." Generally speaking, early intervention, adherence to dietary guidelines, detoxification, and specialized environmental adjustments provide the foundation necessary for many autistic individuals and their families to better thrive. To help increase awareness and offer support to the millions of people dealing with one of the most prevalent yet least understood neural developmental issues affecting children, families, schools, and economies today, learn more and share Autism 101: What We Know.

Autism 101: What We Know Today
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