Today is World Autism Awareness Day. I work with students that have Autism every day (one of the best parts of my job) and am very passionate about being an advocate for persons with Autism.
Autism Speaks reports that
- "Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys
- Autism prevalence figures are growing
- Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
- Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
- Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
- Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
- There is no medical detection or cure for autism"
We are making progress in getting services, resources, awareness, and supports for persons with Autism. Next month, Autism is even on the agenda for the Executive Board of the World Health Assembly which is is the decision-making body of the UN World Health Organization.
But we have a LONG way to go . . .
You can sign a petition here to advocate for a national plan that advocates for "inclusive health insurance coverage, vital research, early intervention and treatment, and life-long support and necessary services for individuals with autism and their families."
Below are three of my favorite Autism related videos that I thought would be nice to share today.
Here is a video from the What Would You Do? series on ABC that shows people standing up for a family of a child that has Autism. I think it is a great reminder for all of us to advocate for persons with Autism. This video always makes me tear up a bit.
This is a sweet video that reminds me that Autism also affects the siblings of persons with Autism.
This is a TED talk from Temple Grandin talking about Autism and how the world needs people with Autism. Beautiful message.