Fort Wayne, world celebrate Autism Awareness Day

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As of 2018, 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

That’s why people all over the world are working to raise awareness during Autism Awareness Month in April and World Autism Awareness Day. For the twelfth year, the day is being celebrated and recognized on April 2. 

The Autism Society of Indiana is one of the organizations celebrating the day and making an effort to raise awareness and promote acceptance.

ASI staff focus their efforts on providing resources, education, and support to people with autism. According to ASI’s website, their mission is, “to ensure that every individual and every family affected by autism in the State of Indiana receives the high-quality services they deserve.”

Autism is a very prevalent and complicated disorder. It can manifest itself in a wide variety of ways, including repetitive behaviors and challenges with social skills, speech, and nonverbal communication.

Here are some quick facts about autism from the Autism Society of Indiana and Autism Speaks:

  • 1 in 37 boys and 1 in 151 girls is diagnosed with autism 
  • Autism and its symptoms vary greatly from person to person
  • It affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism, but early intervention provides the best opportunity for success
  • Research shows genetics are involved in the majority of cases
  • Around one-third of people with autism are nonverbal
  • The rate of autism has grown steadily over the last 20 years

To learn more about autism, to find resources, or to show your support, you can visit ASI’s website at http://www.autismsocietyofindiana.org/ or visit Autism Speaks’ website.

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