Autism is something that touches 1 in 110 children. If you’re on Facebook, that means that at least one friend of yours on Facebook knows someone who has or is related to someone who has Autism. Those are pretty serious numbers. In honor of Autism Awareness month, April, I encourage you to get involved and help further the education, awareness, and research of Autism.
This is one of the most important things you can do. There is no reason to fear or be unable to interact with those who have Autism. Two great resources for learning more and getting more involved are the Autism Society, and Autism Speaks.
There are many ways you can support those with Autism. Around the USA there are walks to raise money for Autism research. Participating in a walk or financially supporting someone who does is a great idea. You can also donate right to these societies on their websites. Another really great thing to do would be to offer to stay with an individual who has Autism so their caregivers/parents can get out for a date night or run errands. If you can’t financially support the research or care facilities, donating a few hours of your time to a family in need is an amazing gift.
Spread the Word:
Autism isn’t going away any time soon. We all need to do our part to obliterate negative stereotypes and transform the world’s opinion of those who have Autism. They are individuals just like you and me. Often they have amazing gifts and talents, and they are some of the most amazing people you will meet. If you’re on Twitter (Autism Society, Autism Speaks) and Facebook (Autism Society, Autism Speaks), you can share and retweet information about local walks, projects and campaigns that people can get involved in.
What about you? Do you have a personal story of a family member or friend who has Autism? Share your personal stories, as well as your favorite Autism charities below.