Autism Awareness Month
Did you know this Saturday, April 2, is the eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day or Light It up Blue Day! April is also Autism Awareness Month.
Autism Awareness Month is a time to focus on educating individuals and communities about Autism Spectrum Disorders and to Light It Up Blue! Spreading autism awareness in April is a way to come together as a united global team to promote inclusion and acceptance of all individuals on the autism spectrum.
Time to Learn!
In November 2015, a new government survey determined 1 in 45 children aged 3 and older has been diagnosed with an ASD. This report was based on data collected during the yearly National Health Interview Survey.
Currently, there is no medical test to diagnose an individual with ASD. A multidisciplinary team of trained professionals interview parents/caregivers and administer behavioral assessments and parent questionnaires to diagnose an individual with ASD.
Asperger syndrome was removed as a clinical diagnosis when the DSM-5 was released in May 2013. Individuals will now be diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3.
One of the 7 Wonders of the World will Light It Up Blue to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day! Find out which global landmarks will light it up blue on April 2 at www.autismspeaks.org/site-wide/breaking-blue-news.
Use #LIUB to share your personal experiences across social media.
About the Author
Jamie Grace, Director of Autism at Glade Run Lutheran Services.
Jamie Grace has served as the Director of Autism Services at Glade Run Lutheran Services for the past 5 years. She is responsible for developing new autism-specific services and programs across the continuum at Glade Run Lutheran Services.