Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Today is World Autism Day

10 years ago: 1 in 10,000
5 years ago: 1 in 1,000
Today: 1 in 150
Got your attention?

Many people have a cause which is close to their hearts. I'm no exception. Thatcher is on the Autism Spectrum. He has not yet officially been diagnosed with Asperger's (our suspicion) but he has been diagnosed with ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder, both of which are considered Spectrum Disorders. I wanted to throw my hat in the national ring on World Autism Day reminding people this is a real issue for many families (1.5 million Americans have some form of autism). In fact, the entire month of April is given to Autism awareness, and I placed a button on my sidebar for the month in honor of that fact. Many businesses and corporations are joining the emphasis, and CNN will be highlighting stories about autism on both television and internet the entire week.

For more info on this condition and the issues surrounding it click here or watch this brief video (it's worth the 2 minutes and 32 seconds, I promise!).

I can't vouch for HBO's part in this with their showing of "Autism: The Musical" (because I haven't seen it) but it looks like it might be worth watching as well.

It's good to be back blogging. I'll post more soon!



6 comments:

Angela said...

Thanks for posting and welcome back! I have 2 family members who have autism! Thanks for raising awareness!

Katherine said...

Welcome back! Thank you for your post to make us aware of autism.

mom24 said...

Thanks for this post! We are just learning about Autism and recently had our 5yo dd evaluated due to her behavioral problems. We too thought that she may have Asperger's (posted under 'Figuring Out our DD'). The diagnosis didn't put her on the autistic spectrum but we learned so much about it in the process and wish that everyone could be more informed about this difficult disorder.
Also, I am soooo concerned with the way the statistics have increased so drastically recently! What is the deal with this? Are we doing something (or not doing something) that is triggering this disorder in our kids? When will someone find a cure? The closest I have seen (and what we have done for our dd) is that food allergies tend to affect the symptoms and can improve them when removed.
Thatcher is blessed to have you as his mom - keep up the good work with him!
Blessings,
Andrea

mom24 said...

This site seems to have some interesting and often useful ways to teach and reach kids. She alo has some good posts for Autism this month.
http://ifonlyihadsuperpowers.blogspot.com/2008/04/april-is-autism-awareness-month.html

my5wolfcubs said...

Thanks for sharing that youtube video link, that was worth it. Welcome back!
Lee

the good, the bad & the ugly said...

Jennefer,
Sobbed watching the video and links. Thanks for sharing. Have you heard of this magazine called Living Without? It might be helpful for you with the new diet. Look on www.livingwithout.com. Have a great week!