The month of April is designated as Autism Awareness Month. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) typically appears early in childhood when developmental milestones are missed and/or delayed. It is a neurological and developmental disorder that affects how one interacts with the world around them. This includes learning, thinking, and social interaction.
In more recent years, it is also commonly referred to as Autism Acceptance Month by those in the Autism community who find the traditional Autism Awareness Month offensive and insufficient. Those who advocate for Autism Awareness Month state on their official website that it “promotes acceptance and celebration of autistic people as family members, friends, classmates, co-workers, and community members making valuable contributions to our world.”
About 1 in 68 children born in the United States have been diagnosed as having ASD. This is a condition that lasts throughout life and there are currently no cures or a set standard of care. There are a myriad of treatment options available based on what symptoms are present. Some of these treatments include:
Common activities during the month of April to raise awareness include social media campaigns, wearing the color blue, and displaying puzzle pieces.