It’s a complex developmental brain disorder affecting 1 in 88 children and this month, people across the nation are joining together to help spread autism awareness.
Light it up Blue
Since 2010, Autism Speaks (founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, growing to become the largest autism science and advocacy organization in the nation) launched its Light it up Blue campaign to help celebrate April 2nd’s World Autism Awareness Day.
Striking participation around the world, the Light it up Blue campaign encourages companies, landmarks, and individuals to show their support by shining a blue light in their home or on their building, shopping at the Autism Speaks e-store, using the Light it up Blue Tools and Resources section to deck out their website or phone, donating, or simply wearing blue.
Here’s a look at some of landmarks that shined a blue light on Autism this year.
Humayun’s Tomb in New Delhi, India
Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro
Great Buddha at Hyogo in Kobe, Japan
Other famous landmarks that participated include Niagara Falls, the Sydney Opera House, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, among many others.
After a discussion about Road Scholar Transport’s pink breast cancer awareness trailer, Jim Barrett, founder of Road Scholar, sat and collaborated with Bob Wright and his wife, along with the Autism Speaks Foundation, and decided to help spread the word, thus creating the Autism Speaks awareness trailer. These Autism Speaks awareness trucks join close to two dozen charities as part of Road Scholar’s campaign to travel the nation, spreading awareness and moving one step closer to a cure. Visit www.roadscholarawareness.org to learn more about our campaign.
The MLB is taking a swing at autism by raising awareness in the month of April. According to the MLB, all 30 clubs will participate in autism awareness events during one home game this month, including “recognizing local families during pre-game ceremonies and members of the autism community participating in various traditional baseball activities, including throwing out the first pitch, singing the National Anthem, announcing “Play Ball!,” singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” or performing “God Bless America.” 1
To learn more visit http://web.mlbcommunity.org/index.jsp.
Visit www.autismspeaks.org to find out everything you need to know about autism. Here are a few facts provided by the website:
-“Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys” 2
-“More common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined” 2
-1.5 million people in the nation and tens of millions of people across the world have it
-The rate of those affected each year is increasing by 10-17%
-It’s 3-4 times more common in boys
-$35 billion a year is spent on autism
-Receives less than 5% of research funding
-No happy expressions within six months of age
-Lack of communication expressions between them and others by nine months of age
-No babbling or communication gestures between them and others by a year old
-Does not talk by 16 months or have two-word meaningful phrases by 24 months
-Usually last throughout their life; however, symptoms can change as the person ages
-Communication problems such as being mute, repeating phrases, talking in only one word sentences, not nonverbally expressing what they are communicating correctly
-Repeating actions such as flapping their arms are not moving at all
-Becoming more vulnerable to other conditions such as epilepsy, sleep disorders, pica, or genetic disorders
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