Autism Awareness is all year here

March 29, 2021

3.29.2021 Returning to this blog-spot as we head into April, designated as Autism Awareness Month.

There’s been a shift in the way Autism Awareness Month is being unrolled this year, from awareness solely, to acceptance and inclusion. While awareness is the first step towards inclusion, organizations like the Autism Society and Autism Speaks have been working on increasing acceptance for individuals with autism by others, through the vehicle of awareness and education.

Autism Awareness Month is the month of April each year, but it actually kicks off on April 2nd with World Autism Awareness Day, which this year, 2021, falls on Friday. It is always marked with the color blue. Those of us in the Autism community are encouraged to wear blue, light blue lights, and “light it up blue” to shine a light on autism and raise awareness. This year, blue will increasingly encourage acceptance of individuals living with autism.

It’s worth noting that it has been a year since the CDC first reported an autism rate of 1 in 54 children. This was reported in March, 2020. Scroll to read the release below.

From the https://www.autism-society.org/ INCLUSION BEGINS WITH Acceptance Autism is the fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States. 1 in 54 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, totaling over 5 million young people and adults. The Autism Society works every day to measurably improve the quality of life for individuals and families affected by autism. Each April, we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month to spread awareness, promote acceptance, and ignite change.

— https://www.autism-society.org/

https://www.autismawarenessmonth.org/

Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental disability that affects essential human behaviors such as social interaction, the ability to communicate ideas and feelings, imagination, self-regulation, and the ability to establish relationships with others. We recognize that providing educational materials of signs and symptoms can promote awareness and spark empathy, acceptance, and change.

— Autism Society of America

CELEBRATE DIFFERENCES BY Promoting Acceptance Acceptance comes with understanding, and while individuals and families living with autism live this life every day, there is still a need for factual education and awareness for the general public. Knowledge promotes acceptance because it allows people to understand how to be more inclusive, and build more supportive experiences.

— Autism Society of America

 We are calling upon our staff, students, families, and friends to wear blue on 4/2. Use social media to share pictures and stories encouraging inclusion and acceptance. Please use the tags #LookCrossroads #CelebrateDifferences #AutismAwareness. Thanks! 


May 1, 2020 The CDC first now reports an autism rate of 1 in 54 children, as of March, 2020.

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0326-autism-prevalence-rises.html

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May 1, 2019 As Autism Awareness Month comes to a close, here at Crossroads, autism awareness will continue. But in addition to awareness, much more than that will also continue.

As we head out of April, which is designated as Autism Awareness Month, and begin the new month of  May, the attention of many will turn to other causes and needs. As important as they may be, it’s necessary to note that here at Crossroads and for so many others, Autism awareness is a full-time gig.

Supporters of our mission include family members, employees, and the school districts and communities we work with. Supporters include individuals like you, people who care and want to make a difference.

You  are aware that autism has no calendar. No boundaries. You realize that what we are doing here is much larger than awareness or acceptance. Students here are building skills that are life-changing. Through our teaching, using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis, our students are learning how to communicate, how to play and make friends, and self-help skills that will carry them into their future. It is our mission at Crossroads to support the students and families we serve so that they can lead a full and productive life and we will continue this mission well beyond the month of April.

It’s been a year since the CDC released new rates for Autism prevalence.

With growing numbers, we at Crossroads Center for Children remain ever determined to pursue the mission of helping each and every child we serve to prepare for success in their lives. We believe fully in the science and research of Applied Behavior Analysis in carrying out the work of providing education to our students, many of whom have diagnoses of autism.

ABA is our focus because we believe that it is the one educational philosophy and approach that is the most helpful to our students. There is extensive scientific research behind ABA that fuels our vision that every child we serve will have a full and productive life.

We urge others to learn about and use ABA techniques, and to make a difference that goes far beyond awareness for the whole year through.

Your help in this work is so very much appreciated.

April, 2018: CDC Releases Updated Prevalence Rates for Autism

New CDC Prevalence Rates for Autism – 1 in 59 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its biennial update on the prevalence rate of autism today. The new rate is based on data collected by the CDC’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) during a 2014 survey of 325,483 children across 11 states.  Links to articles published by Spectrum News and Autism Speaks  are provided below. Spectrum News: New Report Shows Slight Uptick in Autism Prevalence Autism Speaks: CDC Increases Estimate of Autism’s Prevalence by 15 percent, to 1 in 59
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